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					        Replies to initial written questions raised by Finance Committee Members
                        in examining the Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13

                    Director of Bureau: Secretary for Food and Health
                                     Session No.: 18

Reply Serial   Question
                                Name of Member      Head              Programme
    No.        Serial No.

FHB(FE)001       0182       CHAN Tanya               139   (3) Environmental Hygiene

FHB(FE)002       0580       CHAN Tanya               139   (3) Environmental Hygiene

FHB(FE)003       1418       HO Sau-lan, Cyd          139   -

FHB(FE)004       1444       HO Sau-lan, Cyd          139   -

FHB(FE)005       2782       LAU Kin-yee, Miriam      139   (3) Environmental Hygiene
                                                           (2) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)006       1265       LEE Kok-long, Joseph     139
                                                               Food Safety
FHB(FE)007       1266       LEE Kok-long, Joseph     139   (3) Environmental Hygiene
                                                           (2) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)008       3002       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan      139
                                                               Food Safety
FHB(FE)009       0794       LI Wah-ming, Fred        139   (3) Environmental Hygiene

FHB(FE)010       2957       WONG Kwok-hing           139   (3) Environmental Hygiene

FHB(FE)011       2473       WONG Yuk-man             139   (3) Environmental Hygiene

FHB(FE)012       2474       WONG Yuk-man             139   (3) Environmental Hygiene

FHB(FE)013       0100       CHAN Hak-kan             22    -
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)014       0101       CHAN Hak-kan             22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)015       0102       CHAN Hak-kan             22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
FHB(FE)016       0103       CHAN Hak-kan             22    -
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)017       3164       CHAN Tanya               22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)018       3166       CHAN Tanya               22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services



                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
Reply Serial   Question
                                Name of Member       Head             Programme
    No.        Serial No.
                                                            (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)019       3275       CHAN Tanya                22        Regulation and Technical
                                                                Services
                                                            (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)020       3277       CHAN Tanya                22        Regulation and Technical
                                                                Services
                                                            (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)021       1352       CHAN Wai-yip, Albert      22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                                Markets
                                                            (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)022       0198       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy      22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                                Markets
                                                            (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
                                                                Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                                Markets
                                                            (2) Nature Conservation and
FHB(FE)023       0223       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy      22
                                                                Country Parks
                                                            (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
                                                                Regulation and Technical
                                                                Services
                                                            (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)024       0288       EU Yuet-mee, Audrey       22        Regulation and Technical
                                                                Services
                                                            (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)025       0291       EU Yuet-mee, Audrey       22        Regulation and Technical
                                                                Services
                                                            (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)026       1399       EU Yuet-mee, Audrey       22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                                Markets
                                                            (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)027       1049       LAU Kin-yee, Miriam       22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                                Markets
                                                            (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)028       2554       LAU Sau-shing, Patrick    22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                                Markets
                                                            (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)029       0268       LAU Wong-fat              22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                                Markets
                                                            (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)030       0270       LAU Wong-fat              22        Regulation and Technical
                                                                Services
                                                            (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)031       0271       LAU Wong-fat              22        Regulation and Technical
                                                                Services
                                                            (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)032       2182       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan       22        Regulation and Technical
                                                                Services
Reply Serial   Question
                                Name of Member    Head             Programme
    No.        Serial No.
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)033       2183       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)034       2184       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)035       2970       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)036       2971       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)037       2972       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)038       2973       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)039       2974       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)040       2975       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)041       2976       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)042       2977       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)043       2978       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)044       2979       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)045       2980       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)046       2981       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan    22        Regulation and Technical
                                                             Services
                                                         (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)047       0033       LI Wah-ming, Fred      22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                             Markets
FHB(FE)048       0034       LI Wah-ming, Fred      22    -
Reply Serial   Question
                                Name of Member      Head             Programme
    No.        Serial No.
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)049       0365       LI Wah-ming, Fred        22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)050       0366       LI Wah-ming, Fred        22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)051       0367       LI Wah-ming, Fred        22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)052       0368       LI Wah-ming, Fred        22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)053       0369       LI Wah-ming, Fred        22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
                                                               Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                               Markets
                                                           (2) Nature Conservation and
FHB(FE)054       0642       SHEK Lai-him, Abraham    22
                                                               Country Parks
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
                                                               Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
FHB(FE)055       0458       WONG Kwok-hing           22    -

FHB(FE)056       0483       WONG Kwok-hing           22    -

FHB(FE)057       0508       WONG Kwok-hing           22    -
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)058       2956       WONG Kwok-hing           22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)059       0973       WONG Yung-kan            22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                               Markets
                                                           (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)060       1483       WONG Yung-kan            22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                               Markets
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)061       1484       WONG Yung-kan            22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)062       1812       WONG Yung-kan            22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
                                                           (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)063       1813       WONG Yung-kan            22        Regulation and Technical
                                                               Services
Reply Serial   Question
                                Name of Member     Head              Programme
    No.        Serial No.
                                                          (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)064       1908       WONG Yung-kan           22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                              Markets
                                                          (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and
FHB(FE)065       1909       WONG Yung-kan           22        Fresh Food Wholesale
                                                              Markets
                                                          (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)066       1910       WONG Yung-kan           22        Regulation and Technical
                                                              Services
                                                          (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries
FHB(FE)067       1911       WONG Yung-kan           22        Regulation and Technical
                                                              Services
FHB(FE)068       0196       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    48    (1) Statutory Testing

FHB(FE)069       0197       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    48    (1) Statutory Testing

FHB(FE)070       0200       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    48    (1) Statutory Testing

FHB(FE)071       0792       LI Wah-ming, Fred       48    (1) Statutory Testing

FHB(FE)072       0793       LI Wah-ming, Fred       48    (1) Statutory Testing
                                                          (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)073       0180       CHAN Tanya              49
                                                              Related Services
                                                          (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)074       0181       CHAN Tanya              49
                                                              Related Services
                                                          (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)075       0579       CHAN Tanya              49
                                                              Related Services
                                                          (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)076       0184       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49
                                                              Related Services
                                                          (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)077       0185       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49
                                                              Related Services
                                                          (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)078       0186       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49
                                                              Related Services
                                                          (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)079       0187       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49
                                                              Related Services
                                                          (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)080       0188       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49
                                                              Related Services
                                                          (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)081       0189       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49
                                                              Related Services
                                                          (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)082       0190       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49
                                                              Hawker Control
FHB(FE)083       0191       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                          (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)084       0192       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49
                                                              Hawker Control
FHB(FE)085       0193       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy    49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
Reply Serial   Question
                                Name of Member         Head             Programme
    No.        Serial No.

FHB(FE)086       0194       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy        49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                              (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)087       0195       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy        49
                                                                  Related Services
FHB(FE)088       0199       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy        49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                              (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)089       0201       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy        49
                                                                  Hawker Control
                                                              (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)090       0221       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy        49
                                                                  Hawker Control
                                                              (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)091       0222       CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy        49
                                                                  Hawker Control
                                                              (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)092       1402       EU Yuet-mee, Audrey         49
                                                                  Related Services
FHB(FE)093       1675       FANG Kang, Vincent          49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                              (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)094       1676       FANG Kang, Vincent          49
                                                                  Hawker Control
FHB(FE)095       0043       IP LAU Suk-yee, Regina      49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                              (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)096       0044       IP LAU Suk-yee, Regina      49
                                                                  Hawker Control
                                                              (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)097       1056       LAU Kin-yee, Miriam         49
                                                                  Related Services
                                                              (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)098       1057       LAU Kin-yee, Miriam         49
                                                                  Related Services
FHB(FE)099       1267       LEE Kok-long, Joseph        49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health

FHB(FE)100       1268       LEE Kok-long, Joseph        49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health

FHB(FE)101       1269       LEE Kok-long, Joseph        49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                              (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)102       1270       LEE Kok-long, Joseph        49
                                                                  Related Services
                                                              (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)103       2998       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan         49
                                                                  Hawker Control
                                                              (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)104       2999       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan         49
                                                                  Hawker Control
                                                              (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)105       3000       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan         49
                                                                  Hawker Control
                                                              (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)106       3001       LEONG Kah-kit, Alan         49
                                                                  Hawker Control
                                                              (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)107       1334       LEUNG Kwok-hung             49
                                                                  Related Services
                                                              (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)108       1886       LEUNG Mei-fun, Priscilla    49
                                                                  Related Services
Reply Serial   Question
                                Name of Member   Head             Programme
    No.        Serial No.

FHB(FE)109       2344       LI Fung-ying          49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                        (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)110       2345       LI Fung-ying          49
                                                            Related Services
                                                        (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)111       2346       LI Fung-ying          49
                                                            Related Services
                                                        (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)112       0791       LI Wah-ming, Fred     49
                                                            Related Services
FHB(FE)113       1058       LI Wah-ming, Fred     49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                        (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)114       1059       LI Wah-ming, Fred     49
                                                            Related Services
FHB(FE)115       0629       PAN Pey-chyou         49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health

FHB(FE)116       0630       PAN Pey-chyou         49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                        (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)117       1526       TSE Wai-chun, Paul    49
                                                            Related Services
FHB(FE)118       0467       WONG Kwok-hing        49    -

FHB(FE)119       0492       WONG Kwok-hing        49    -

FHB(FE)120       2938       WONG Kwok-hing        49    -

FHB(FE)121       2958       WONG Kwok-hing        49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                        (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)122       2959       WONG Kwok-hing        49
                                                            Hawker Control
                                                        (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)123       2960       WONG Kwok-hing        49
                                                            Related Services
                                                        (4) Public Education and
FHB(FE)124       2961       WONG Kwok-hing        49
                                                            Community Involvement
                                                        (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)125       0960       WONG Yuk-man          49
                                                            Related Services
FHB(FE)126       1482       WONG Yung-kan         49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                        (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)127       2608       WONG Yung-kan         49
                                                            Related Services
                                                        (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)128       2609       WONG Yung-kan         49
                                                            Related Services
FHB(FE)129       2610       WONG Yung-kan         49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health

FHB(FE)130       2611       WONG Yung-kan         49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health

FHB(FE)131       2612       WONG Yung-kan         49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
Reply Serial   Question
                                Name of Member       Head             Programme
    No.        Serial No.
                                                            (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)132       2613       WONG Yung-kan             49
                                                                Related Services
FHB(FE)133       2614       WONG Yung-kan             49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                            (1) Food Safety and Public Health
FHB(FE)134       2615       WONG Yung-kan             49    (4) Public Education and
                                                                Community Involvement
FHB(FE)135       2616       WONG Yung-kan             49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                            (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)136       2617       WONG Yung-kan             49
                                                                Hawker Control
                                                            (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)137       2618       WONG Yung-kan             49
                                                                Hawker Control
FHB(FE)138       2619       WONG Yung-kan             49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                            (3) Market Management and
FHB(FE)139       2620       WONG Yung-kan             49
                                                                Hawker Control
FHB(FE)140       2621       WONG Yung-kan             49    (1) Food Safety and Public Health
                                                            (1) Food Safety and Public Health
FHB(FE)141       2622       WONG Yung-kan             49    (2) Environmental Hygiene and
                                                                Related Services
                                                            (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)142       2623       WONG Yung-kan             49
                                                                Related Services
FHB(FE)143       1993       LAU Sau-shing, Patrick   703    -
                                                            (2) Environmental Hygiene and
FHB(FE)144       3508       CHAN Tanya                49
                                                                Related Services
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                         Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                 FHB(FE)001
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                              Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                     0182
      Food and Health Bureau
      (Food Branch)
Programme:              (3) Environmental Hygiene

Controlling Officer:    Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

1) It is stated that the Administration will “follow up on the review of columbarium policy and formulate
   appropriate measures, including a framework for the licensing scheme, to enhance the regulation of
   private columbaria”. Please advise on the details and progress of the work and the estimated
   expenditure involved.

2) At present, many unauthorised private columbaria are still promoting columbarium niches and selling
   them to the public through various means of advertisement. There is still a lack of understanding of the
   regulatory policies on private columbaria among many members of the public. Will more resources be
   allocated to combat the advertising of unauthorised private columbaria and enhance relevant public
   education to prevent more people from buying niches from unauthorised columbaria? If yes, what are
   the details and estimated expenditure? If not, what are the reasons?

3) Please advise on the expenditure involved in combating unauthorised columbaria over the past three
   years, i.e. 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. What are the details?

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya

Reply:

Arising from the strong public support for a licensing scheme for private columbaria, the Administration has
worked out a regulatory framework and launched a three-month public consultation on the proposed
licensing scheme for private columbaria since 13 December 2011. The Administration will carefully
analyse the views and comments received before finalising the legislative proposals. As it is anticipated
that this will be a complicated piece of legislation, the Administration will strive to introduce the Bill into the
Legislative Council in the fourth quarter of 2013. The policy and legislation preparatory work would be
absorbed within the Food and Health Bureau’s existing resources.

On enhancing consumer protection, the Development Bureau (DEVB) published in December 2010 relevant
land / lease (user restrictions) and town planning information on private columbaria made known to the
Lands Department and / or Planning Department, and which the departments had reasons to believe are
operating as columbaria. The information has been uploaded to the website of DEVB and will be updated
on a quarterly basis, with the latest update made on 30 December 2011. Through the publication of the
Information on Private Columbaria, members of the public learn that the columbaria in Part A are compliant
with the user restrictions in the land leases and town planning requirements and are not illegally occupying
Government land, while the columbaria in Part B are either pending checking for compliance with or have
been confirmed not compliant with the relevant requirements for inclusion in Part A. This helps the public
make informed choices when purchasing niches. In addition, the Administration has strengthened
consumer education, through channels such as Announcements in the Public Interest (APIs), on the risks to
be borne in mind when choosing niches from private columbaria. The Administration has also worked with
the Consumer Council on other public education fronts. In April 2010, the Consumer Council published a

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topic report on private columbaria in its monthly magazine CHOICE, covering a detailed guide to the two-
step checkout for consumers’ reference. In January 2011, the Consumer Council further published in
CHOICE useful tips for purchasing private columbarium niches. Expenditure on such work is absorbed by
the relevant bureaux and departments within their existing resources.

All trades in Hong Kong, including private columbaria, should comply with the statutory town planning,
buildings and fire safety requirements as well as lease conditions and other administrative requirements.
The relevant Government departments have been handling the matters, enquiries and complaints relating to
private columbaria and taking enforcement action against private columbaria found in breach of the relevant
legislation and Government requirements in accordance with their respective mandate and relevant
legislation and administrative measures. There are established channels and procedures for private
columbaria to apply to the departments or organisations concerned for regularisation of their operation (e.g.
applying for the relevant planning permission and / or lease modification, etc). Expenditure on such work
is absorbed by the relevant bureaux and departments within their existing resources.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Mrs Marion LAI

                                                                    Permanent Secretary for Food and
                                                       Post Title           Health (Food)

                                                            Date               22.2.2012
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)002
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   0580
      Food and Health Bureau
      (Food Branch)
Programme:             (3) Environmental Hygiene

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The Bureau said it would “continue to implement measures to increase the supply of public columbarium
and crematorium facilities and to promote the scattering of cremated human ashes at sea or in Gardens or
Remembrance.” Please advise on the details and the estimated expenditure involved.



Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya

Reply:

On public crematorium facilities, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) is upgrading the
cremators by phases to increase their handling capacity. The Wo Hop Shek Crematorium is being
reprovisioned at an estimated cost of $686.3 million for constructing six cremators and other ancillary
facilities. The project is scheduled for completion in mid 2012. The reprovisioning of the Cape Collinson
Crematorium to provide for ten new cremators and other ancillary facilities, at an estimated cost of $696.3
million, is also underway for completion in two phases in mid 2012 and late 2014 respectively. With the
completion of these two reprovisioning projects, the number of scheduled cremation sessions per annum will
be increased by 31.3% from 40 200 in 2011 to 52 800.

On public columbarium facilities, the construction of a new public columbarium with 43 710 niches and a
Garden of Remembrance in the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery, at an estimated cost of $629.5 million, is underway
for completion in mid 2012. FEHD is also constructing 1 540 new niches in the Diamond Hill
Columbarium at an estimated cost of $0.76 million, and will construct 990 new niches in the Cheung Chau
Cemetery at an estimated cost of $10.76 million in 2013. The construction works in Diamond Hill
Columbarium will be completed in early 2012 whereas the construction works in Cheung Chau Cemetery
will be completed in late 2013. To increase the supply of public niches, the Administration has been
promoting the district-based columbarium development scheme and has identified 24 potential sites in 18
districts in Hong Kong for columbarium development. The above-mentioned sites in the Diamond Hill
Columbarium and Cheung Chau Cemetery are two of the 24 potential sites. The Administration is
conducting feasibility studies on the remaining sites and will consult the relevant District Councils before the
sites are confirmed for columbarium development.

In 2012-13, FEHD will continue to promote alternative means of ash disposal, including the provision of free
ferry service for scattering cremated human ashes at sea, publishing publicity materials and maintaining an
internet memorial service, at an estimated cost of $1.54 million.




                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
           Signature

Name in block letters           Mrs Marion LAI

                        Permanent Secretary for Food and
           Post Title           Health (Food)

                Date               22.2.2012




                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)003
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:         Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    1418
      Food and Health Bureau
      (Food Branch)
Programme:

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the consultancy studies (if any) commissioned by the Food and Health Bureau (Food Branch) and
its departments for the purpose of formulating and assessing policies, please provide information in the
following format.

(a)    Using the table below, please provide information on studies on public policy and strategic public
       policy for which funds had been allocated between 2009-10 and 2011-12:

Name of Mode of          Title, content and Consultancy Start      Progress of     Follow-ups       If completed,
consultant award         objectives of      fee ($)     date       study           taken by the     have they
           (open         project                                   (under          Administration   been made
           auction/                                                planning /      on the study     public? If yes,
           tender/                                                 in progress /   reports and      through what
           others                                                  completed)      their progress   channels. If
           (please                                                                 (if any)         no, why?
           specify))


(b)    Are there any projects for which funds have been reserved for conducting consultancy studies in
       2012-13? If yes, please provide the following information:

Name of Mode of          Title, content and Consultancy Start      Progress of     For the projects that are
consultant award         objectives of      fee ($)     date       study           expected to be completed in
           (open         project                                   (under          2012-13, is there any plan to
           auction/                                                planning /      make them public? If yes,
           tender/                                                 in progress /   through what channels? If no,
           others                                                  completed)      why?
           (please
           specify))


(c)    What are the criteria for considering the award of consultancy projects to the research institutions
       concerned?



Asked by: Hon. HO Sau-lan, Cyd




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
Reply:

(a)      Please refer to Annex A.

(b)      Please refer to Annex B.

(c)      Consultancy proposals are evaluated in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Stores and
         Procurement Regulations. Tenderers are requested to submit a technical proposal and a fee proposal
         separately for our assessment. In general, technical proposals submitted by potential consultants will
         be assessed according to the firm’s experience in conducting consultancy studies and expertise in the
         subject area, the firm’s understanding of the study requirements, the study approach and methodology,
         related knowledge and experience, as well as the composition of the proposed consultancy team.
         The combined score of the technical and fee proposals will form the basis of awarding the consultancy
         project to the selected tenderer.




                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters            Mrs Marion LAI

                                                                      Permanent Secretary for Food and
                                                         Post Title           Health (Food)

                                                              Date                2.3.2012




                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                                           Annex A

        Studies on public policy and strategic public policy for which funds had been allocated
                                     between 2009-10 and 2011-12

Name of    Mode of Title, content and Consultancy Start         Progress of     Follow-ups taken        If completed,
consultant award objectives of project fee ($)    date          study           by the                  have they
           (open                                                (under          Administration on       been made
           auction/                                             planning / in   the study reports       public? If yes,
           tender/                                              progress /      and their progress      through what
           others                                               completed)      (if any)                channels. If
           (please                                                                                      no, why?
           specify))

GHK        Tender* Provision of          1.430 million   June Completed         Taking into account     Yes. The
                   Consultancy Service                   2009                   the outcome of the      outcome of the
                   for the Commercial                                           study, and in view      study was
                   Viability Study of a                                         of the relatively low   covered in a
                   Poultry Slaughtering                                         and stable risk of      paper issued to
                   Centre – to conduct a                                        avian influenza, the    the Panel on
                   consultancy study to                                         Administration          Food Safety
                   advise on the                                                announced in June       and
                   commercial viability                                         2010 its decision to    Environmental
                   of a poultry                                                 shelve the              Hygiene of the
                   slaughtering centre.                                         development of a        Legislative
                                                                                poultry slaughtering    Council in June
                                                                                centre in Hong          2010.
                                                                                Kong at this stage.

MVA Hong Tender * Market Survey on the 0.858 million     Sept. In progress; The study is still          The results of
Kong Ltd.         Number of                              2009 to be         on-going.                   the first and
                  Prepackaged Food                             completed in                             second survey
                  Products and Their                           early 2012                               have been
                  Rate of Compliance                                                                    reported to the
                  with the Mandatory                                                                    Legislative
                  Labelling                                                                             Council Panel
                  Requirements                                                                          on Food Safety
                  i) to estimate the total                                                              and
                      number of                                                                         Environmental
                      prepackaged food                                                                  Hygiene on 13
                      products in Hong                                                                  April 2010
                      Kong before and                                                                   (vide LC Paper
                      after the                                                                         No.
                      commencement of                                                                   CB(2)1225/09-
                      the nutrition                                                                     10(01)).
                      labelling
                      regulation and the
                      percentage change
                      in food availability
                      over this period;
                      and
                  ii) to estimate the
                      total number and
                      proportion of
                      prepackaged food
                      products in Hong
                      Kong that comply
                      or not comply with
                      the mandatory
                      nutrition labelling
                      requirements



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Name of    Mode of Title, content and Consultancy Start        Progress of     Follow-ups taken     If completed,
consultant award objectives of project fee ($)    date         study           by the               have they
           (open                                               (under          Administration on    been made
           auction/                                            planning / in   the study reports    public? If yes,
           tender/                                             progress /      and their progress   through what
           others                                              completed)      (if any)             channels. If
           (please                                                                                  no, why?
           specify))

                       before the
                       commencement of
                       the nutrition
                       labelling
                       regulations.

                    The whole study
                    includes 3 market
                    surveys on nutrition
                    labelling of
                    prepackaged food
                    products from 2009-
                    2011.

Consumer   Tender * Surveys for          0.139 million   Aug. Completed        With the             No, the result
Search              Assessment on                        2010                  completion of the    of the
                    Impact of the                                              second survey in     comparison is
                    Nutrition Labelling                                        2011, we are         not yet
                    Scheme on New-to-                                          analysing the        available but
                    Market Prepackaged                                         relevant findings.   the
                    Food Products in the                                                            commissioning
                    Food Expo 2010 and                                                              of the surveys
                    2011                                                                            has been
                                                                                                    reported to the
                    The objective of the 0.148 million   Aug. In progress                           Legislative
                    Surveys is to assess                 2011                                       Council Panel
                    the impact brought                                                              on Food Safety
                    by the Nutrition                                                                and
                    Labelling Scheme on                                                             Environmental
                    new-to-market                                                                   Hygiene on 12
                    prepackaged food                                                                July 2011 (vide
                    products introduced                                                             LC Paper No.
                    via the Food Expo.                                                              CB(2)2305/10-
                    The result of the                                                               11(02)).
                    Survey in 2010
                    serves as a baseline
                    for comparison of a
                    similar study done in
                    2011.

GHK        Tender* Service for Gauging 1.359 million March In progress.        The study is still  The study is
                   the Public Perception             2011                      on-going.           still on-going.
                   over and Assessing                                          Preliminary
                   the Need for                                                findings from
                   Regulating the                                              consumer and
                   Production and Sale                                         industry
                   of Organic Food –                                           stakeholder surveys
                   i) to gauge the level                                       under the study
                       of understanding                                        were covered in a
                       of organic food by                                      paper on organic
                       both the trade and                                      food for the
                       the public; to                                          Legislative Council
                       analyse the                                             Panel on Food


                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
Name of    Mode of Title, content and Consultancy Start       Progress of     Follow-ups taken     If completed,
consultant award objectives of project fee ($)    date        study           by the               have they
           (open                                              (under          Administration on    been made
           auction/                                           planning / in   the study reports    public? If yes,
           tender/                                            progress /      and their progress   through what
           others                                             completed)      (if any)             channels. If
           (please                                                                                 no, why?
           specify))

                         problems besetting                                   Safety and
                         the emerging trend                                   Environmental
                         of increasing                                        Hygiene in January
                         consumption of                                       2012.
                         organic food in
                         Hong Kong; and
                     ii) to make
                         recommendation
                         on whether the
                         production and
                         sale of organic
                         food should be
                         regulated, as well
                         as how to enhance
                         consumer
                         education and
                         information over
                         organic food.

Ecosystems Tender* Service for studying 0.660 million   Sept. In progress     The study is still   The study is
Ltd                the population size                  2011                  on-going.            still on-going.
                   and distributions of
                   feral cattle and water
                   buffalo for long term
                   strategic planning.

                     The study will carry
                     out population
                     estimation and basic
                     ecology surveys of
                     feral cattle and
                     buffalo in Hong
                     Kong in order to
                     provide the
                     Agriculture,
                     Fisheries, and
                     Conservation
                     Department (AFCD)
                     with a better
                     mapping of their
                     population density
                     and understanding of
                     their habitat and
                     ecology for more
                     effective
                     management of cattle
                     and buffalo.




                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
Name of    Mode of Title, content and Consultancy Start            Progress of     Follow-ups taken     If completed,
consultant award objectives of project fee ($)    date             study           by the               have they
           (open                                                   (under          Administration on    been made
           auction/                                                planning / in   the study reports    public? If yes,
           tender/                                                 progress /      and their progress   through what
           others                                                  completed)      (if any)             channels. If
           (please                                                                                      no, why?
           specify))

Consumer     Tender * Second Survey on      0.678 million    Feb. In progress      The study is still   The study is
Search                Public Knowledge,                      2012                  on-going.            still on-going
                      Attitude and Practice
                      regarding Nutrition
                      Labelling

                        The objective of the
                        Survey is to gauge
                        opinion and assess
                        the knowledge,
                        attitude and practice
                        of the general public
                        regarding nutrition
                        labelling.

GHK          Tender* Study on the roles      1.288 million   Feb. In progress      The study is still   The study is
                     and functions of                        2012                  on-going.            still on-going.
                     wholesale markets in
                     Hong Kong as well
                     as the location of five
                     wholesale markets
                     from the perspective
                     of land use and food
                     safety.



*By invitation of quotation




                                                                                   Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                                           Annex B

       Projects for which funds have been reserved for conducting consultancy studies in 2012-13

Name of    Mode of       Title, content and             Consultancy Start     Progress of     For the projects that are
consultant award         objectives of project          fee ($)     date      study           expected to be
           (open                                                              (under          completed in 2012-13, is
           auction/                                                           planning /      there any plan to make
           tender/                                                            in progress /   them public? If yes,
           others                                                             completed)      through what channels?
           (please                                                                            If no, why?
           specify))

Tendering    Tender*     Service for assessment of Around             Within Tendering        The study has yet to
process is               the effectiveness of the     1.000 million   2012 process is on-     commence.
on-going                 Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)                            going
                         trial scheme for stray dogs.

                         The project includes an
                         initial population
                         estimation and basic
                         ecology surveys of stray
                         dogs in selected sites, and
                         data analysis and periodic
                         reports on the change of
                         number, distribution and
                         ecology of stray dogs in the
                         selected sites for a period
                         of 3 years.

-            Tender *    There is general public      1.430 million   Second Under planning The study has yet to
                         support for a licensing                      half of               commence.
                         scheme to enhance the                         2012
                         regulation of private
                         columbaria. For this
                         purpose, the
                         Administration launched a
                         public consultation on the
                         proposed licensing scheme
                         on 13 December 2011,
                         lasting for about three and
                         a half months till 30 March
                         2012. The Administration
                         will carefully analyse the
                         views and comments
                         received before finalising
                         the legislative proposals.
                         To better assess the impact
                         of the proposed licensing
                         scheme on the business
                         community, the
                         Administration plans to
                         conduct a business impact
                         assessment in this regard in
                         the second half of 2012.



*By invitation of quotation




                                                                                   Session 18 FHB(FE)
                            Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                          Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                      FHB(FE)004
                           CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                               INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                                   Question Serial No.
   Head:    139 Government Secretariat :           Subhead (No. & title):
            Food and Health Bureau (Food                                                                  1444
            Branch)

   Programme:

   Controlling Officer:    Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

   Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

   Question:
   In regard to the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Hong Kong/Guangdong Cooperation (the Framework
   Agreement) and growing cooperation between Hong Kong and the Mainland in recent years, please provide relevant
   information on Hong Kong/Mainland cross-boundary projects or programmes in which the Food and Health Bureau
   (Food Branch) and departments under its purview are or have been involved.

      a) For Hong Kong/Mainland cross-boundary     projects or programmes from 2009-10 to 2011-12, please provide
      information in the following format:
Project/         Details,            Expenditure   Name         of   Progress       (%   Have the details, objective,
programme        objective     and involved        Mainland          completed, start    amount involved or impact on the
title            whether it is                     department/       date, anticipated   public, society, culture and
                 related to the                    organisation      completion date)    ecology been released to the
                 Framework                         involved                              public? If yes, through which
                 Agreement                                                               channels and what were the
                                                                                         manpower     and     expenditure
                                                                                         involved? If no, what are the
                                                                                         reasons?

      b) For Hong Kong/Mainland cross-boundary projects or programmes in 2012-13, please provide information in the
      following format:
Project/          Details,       Expenditure    Name         of Progress        (% Will the details, objective, amount
programme         objective  and involved       Mainland         completed, start involved or impact on the public,
title             whether it is                 department/      date, anticipated society, culture and ecology be
                  related to the                organisation     completion date)   released to the public? If yes,
                  Framework                     involved                            through which channels and what
                  Agreement                                                         will be the manpower and
                                                                                    expenditure involved? If no, what
                                                                                    are the reasons?

   c) Apart from the projects or programmes listed above, are there any other modes of cross-boundary co-operation? If
   yes, what are they? What were the manpower and expenditure involved in the past 3 years, and how much financial
   and manpower resources are earmarked in the 2012-13 Estimates?

   Asked by: Hon. HO Sau-lan, Cyd




                                                                                     Session 18 FHB(FE)
Reply:
The required information is provided as follows:
a)
Project/            Details, objective Expenditure   Name of the    Progress (%    Have the details,
programme title and whether it is         involved   Mainland       completed,     objective, amount
                    related to the                   department/    start date,    involved or impact on
                    Framework                        organisation   anticipated    the public, society,
                    Agreement                        involved       completion     culture and ecology
                                                                    date)          been released to the
                                                                                   public? If yes,
                                                                                   through which
                                                                                   channels and what
                                                                                   were the manpower
                                                                                   and expenditure
                                                                                   involved? If no, what
                                                                                   are the reasons?
Technical          From mid 2008 to      $16,000     AQSIQ          Completed      The LegCo Panel on
exchange with      late 2009, four                                                 Food Safety and
relevant           briefing sessions                                               Environmental Hygiene
organisations on   were held in                                                    was informed of the
the Mainland on    Shenzhen,                                                       briefing sessions at its
regulatory         Guangzhou,                                                      meeting on 22 June
requirements of    Dongguan and                                                    2009 via LC Paper No.
the Food and       Wuhan on the                                                    CB(2)1917/08-09(01).
Drugs              laboratory test
(Composition and   requirements and
Labelling)         the new regulatory
(Amendment:        requirements.
Requirements for   The objective was
Nutrition          to brief officials
Labelling and      from State General
Nutrition Claim)   Administration of
Regulation 2008    Quality
                   Supervision,
                   Inspection and
                   Quarantine
                   (AQSIQ) and
                   Entry-exit
                   Inspection and
                   Quarantine
                   Bureaux (CIQ) of
                   different provinces
                   as well as food
                   manufacturers on
                   the Mainland on
                   the new Nutrition
                   Labelling Scheme
                   for pre-packaged
                   food in Hong
                   Kong.

                   Some of the
                   briefing sessions
                   were organised
                   under the
                   Framework
                   Agreement.




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
Liaison officer     To establish a        Food and        Guangdong,     The liaison       The communication
system with the     liaison officer       Environmen      Shenzhen and   officer system    mechanism with the
Mainland            system to enhance     tal Hygiene     Zhuhai CIQs    was established   Mainland on food safety
authorities on      communication         Department                     in November       is publicised on the
inspection and      about food and        (FEHD) has                     2009 and the      Centre for Food Safety
quarantine          agricultural          deployed                       work related is   (CFS)’s webpage. The
                    products safety so    existing                       on-going.         related costs were
                    that timely           manpower                                         absorbed within existing
                    notification of       and                                              resources and could not
                    related problems      resources to                                     be separately identified.
                    could be provided     carry out
                    to the other side.    this
                    Proactive action      initiative.
                    will be taken to
                    tackle issues on
                    inspection and
                    quarantine of food
                    and agricultural
                    products.

                    It is one of the
                    cooperation areas
                    in relation to food
                    safety under the
                    Framework
                    Agreement.

Inspection of the   To inspect            The actual      AQSIQ and      On-going          The inspection
registered          registered food       expenditure     local CIQs                       programme is
Mainland food       production farms      for                                              publicised on the CFS’s
production farms    on the Mainland as    inspection                                       webpage. The related
                    part of the control   of food                                          costs were absorbed
                    regime to ensure      animal                                           within existing
                    the safety of food    farms and                                        resources and could not
                    and agricultural      fish farms                                       be separately identified.
                    products supplied     on the
                    to Hong Kong.         Mainland
                                          and
                    It is one of the      overseas for
                    cooperation areas     2009-10 and
                    under the             2010-11
                    Framework             were $5.0
                    Agreement to          million and
                    enhance               $6.0 million
                    inspection,           respectively.
                    quarantine and        The
                    supervision at        estimated
                    source.               expenditure
                                          for 2011-12
                                          is $6.6
                                          million.
                                          Inspections
                                          on other
                                          farms were
                                          absorbed
                                          within
                                          existing
                                          resources.




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Liaison with the     To discuss the        FEHD has       AQSIQ and    Three meetings       Yes. The work was
Mainland             proposed              deployed       local CIQs   have been held.      reported at the meeting
authorities on the   registration and      existing                                         of the Legislative
proposed             listing systems for   manpower                                         Council Panel on Food
registration and     cultured marine       and                                              Safety and
listing systems      fish, shellfish and   resources to                                     Environmental Hygiene
for cultured         related aquatic       carry out                                        on 8 June 2010. The
marine fish,         products supplied     this                                             related costs were
shellfish and        to Hong Kong to       initiative.                                      absorbed within existing
related aquatic      further ensure                                                         resources and could not
products supplied    food safety.                                                           be separately identified.
to Hong Kong
                     It is one of the
                     cooperation areas
                     under the
                     Framework
                     Agreement to
                     enhance
                     inspection,
                     quarantine and
                     supervision at
                     source.

Pilot study on       To explore the        $2.71          Guangdong    The fifth trial on   Progress was reported
Radio Frequency      feasibility of        million        CIQ          the passageway       to the Legislative
Identification       applying              in total for                reader has been      Council Panel on Food
(RFID)               information           the period                  completed.           Safety and
                     technology to         from 2009-                                       Environmental Hygiene
                     enhance the           10 to 2011-                                      on 20 October 2011.
                     traceability of       12                                               Other possible
                     Mainland food and                                                      application of RFID
                     food animals                                                           technology in helping to
                     supplied to Hong                                                       ensure safety of food
                     Kong from the                                                          imported into Hong
                     Mainland.                                                              Kong will be studied.

                     It is one of the
                     cooperation areas
                     under the
                     Framework
                     Agreement to
                     enhance
                     inspection,
                     quarantine and
                     supervision at
                     source.




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Briefing sessions   Briefing sessions     FEHD has        AQSIQ,         Completed in     The plan to conduct
on the Food         were conducted in     deployed        Ministry of    June 2011        briefing sessions was
Safety Ordinance    Beijing and           existing        Commerce                        made public in the
(the Ordinance)     Guangdong in          manpower                                        Administration’s press
                    June 2011 to assist   and                                             release on “16th
                    Mainland              resources to                                    Working Meeting of the
                    authorities and       carry out                                       Hong Kong/Guangdong
                    traders in            this                                            Co-operation Joint
                    understanding the     initiative.                                     Conference held in
                    new requirements                                                      Guangzhou” on 28
                    of the Ordinance.                                                     February 2011. The
                                                                                          related publicity costs
                    It is one of the                                                      were absorbed within
                    cooperation areas                                                     existing resources and
                    under the                                                             could not be separately
                    Framework                                                             identified.
                    Agreement to
                    enhance
                    communication in
                    relation to food
                    safety information.

Inspection and      To provide expert     Agriculture,    Guangzhou      The 2010 Asian   AFCD’s involvement in
quarantine work     advice and            Fisheries and   Asian Games    Games            the 2010 Asian Games
related to the      assistance to the     Conservation    Organising     Equestrian       Equestrian Events was
Equestrian Events   relevant Mainland     Department      Committee      Events were      reported in the AFCD
of the 2010 Asian   authorities in a      (AFCD) has      (GAGOC)        successfully     Annual Report 2010.
Games               range of matters      deployed                       staged in the    The related publicity
                    relating to the       existing        AQSIQ          Equine Disease   costs were absorbed
                    organisation of the   manpower                       Free Zone in     within existing
                    2010 Asian Games      and             Guangdong      Conghua,         resources and could not
                    Equestrian Events.    resources to    CIQ            Guangdong        be separately identified.
                                          carry out                      from 14 to 24
                    This cooperation      this            Shenzhen CIQ   November
                    project is not        initiative                     2010.
                    under the                             Guangzhou
                    Framework                             Agriculture
                    Agreement.                            Bureau




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Cooperation         To establish an        AFCD has       Department of    Fresh food          The text of the
Agreement           information            deployed       Agriculture of   supply and price    agreement was
between             exchange platform      existing       Guangdong        figures are         uploaded to the internet.
Guangdong and       on the production,     manpower       Province         uploaded to         A press release on the
Hong Kong on        quality and            and                             AFCD’s              signing of the
Quality             marketing of           resources to                    homepage.           agreement has been
Agricultural        agricultural           carry out                       AFCD is             issued. The related
Products            produce.               this                            liaising with the   publicity costs were
                                           initiative.                     Department of       absorbed within existing
                    To set up                                              Agriculture of      resources and could not
                    exchange and                                           the Guangdong       be separately identified.
                    training of                                            Province to
                    workers, technical                                     follow up on the
                    researchers and                                        establishment of
                    management                                             a co-operative
                    personnel for                                          mechanism
                    quality agricultural
                    products, and to
                    establish a
                    mechanism for
                    technical exchange
                    and cooperation
                    on the production
                    of quality
                    agricultural
                    products, as well
                    as to explore the
                    organisation of
                    relevant technical
                    exchange
                    activities.

                    This cooperation
                    and exchange
                    project is not
                    under the
                    Framework
                    Agreement.

Joint enforcement   Joint operation        AFCD has       Guangdong        Annually since      No. Combating illegal
against illegal     with the Marine        deployed       Fishery          2009-10             fishing is a day-to-day
fishing             Police and the         existing       Administration                       activity of AFCD and
                    Mainland fisheries     manpower       General                              no special publicity has
                    authority to           and            Brigade                              been arranged.
                    combat illegal         resources to
                    fishing in Hong        carry out
                    Kong and               this
                    Mainland waters.       initiative.

                    It is one of the
                    initiatives under
                    the Chapter of
                    Ecology
                    Construction and
                    Environmental
                    Protection of the
                    Framework
                    Agreement.




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Fishermen            To organise             AFCD has         Guangdong        Training courses   The training programme
training             training courses        deployed         Provincial       were organised     was publicised in
                     for fishermen in        existing         Administration   in 2010 – 2011     fishermen community.
                     collaboration with      manpower         of Ocean and     and 2011 –         The related publicity
                     the Guangdong           and              Fisheries        2012.              costs were absorbed
                     side during the         resources to                                         within existing
                     fishing                 carry out                                            resources and could not
                     moratorium.             this                                                 be separately identified.
                                             initiative.
                     It is one of the
                     initiatives under
                     the Chapter of
                     Ecology
                     Construction and
                     Environmental
                     Protection of the
                     Framework
                     Agreement.

Preparation of the   To facilitate           Harmful          Guangdong        On-going           No. Monitoring of
List of Harmful      technical               algae            Provincial       project            harmful algae is a day-
Microalgae           communication           monitoring       Administration                      to-day activity of AFCD
Species for          between AFCD            is a day-to-     of Ocean and                        and no special publicity
harmful algae        and Guangdong           day activity     Fisheries                           has been arranged.
monitoring           officials in relation   of AFCD
                     to harmful algae        and
                     monitoring.             resources
                                             arising from
                     It is one of the        the initiative
                     initiatives under       could not be
                     the Chapter of          separated
                     Ecology                 from the
                     Construction and        general
                     Environmental           recurrent
                     Protection of the       expenditure.
                     Framework
                     Agreement.

Training on          To enhance              $40,000          Shenzhen CIQ     Completed          No special publicity has
aquatic animal       technical exchange                                                           been arranged as it was
disease diagnosis    on aquatic animal                                                            an internal staff training
                     disease diagnosis.                                                           programme.




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Inter-laboratory      The programmes
comparison            enhanced the food
programmes on         testing capability
food safety -         of the participating
                      laboratories,
                      including those
                      from Hong Kong
                      and Guangdong.

   Heavy metals         A PT                  $0.3         This               The               A total of 68
    in crustacean         programme for          million       programme           programme          laboratories from 19
    seafood               the quantitative                     was                 was                economies
    proficiency           measurement of                       conducted in        completed in       participated in the
    testing (PT)          total arsenic,                       collaboration       Oct 2010.          programme.
    programme             cadmium, and                         with
                          lead in                              Guangdong
                          crustacean                           CIQ.
                          seafood sample.




   Aflatoxin B1 in      A PT                  $0.1         This               The               A total of 14
    peanut oil PT         programme for          million       programme           programme          laboratories from 6
    programme             the quantitative                     was                 was                economies
                          measurement of                       conducted in        completed in       participated in the
                          aflatoxin B1 in                      collaboration       Jan 2012.          programme.
                          peanut oil                           with
                          sample.                              Guangdong
                                                               Inspection
                      It is one of the                         and                                Results of both the
                      initiatives to                           Quarantine                         programmes have been
                      strengthen                               Technology                         posted on the website of
                      communication                            Centre,                            the Government
                      and exchanges in                         Guangdong                          Laboratory. The
                      respect of                               CIQ.                               related costs were
                      laboratory analysis                                                         absorbed within existing
                      technology under                                                            resources and could not
                      the Framework                                                               be separately identified.
                      Agreement on
                      Hong Kong/
                      Guangdong Co-
                      operation.




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b)
Project/             Details, objective    Expenditure    Name of the    Progress (%       Have the details,
programme title      and whether it is     involved       Mainland       completed,        objective, amount
                     related to the                       department/    start date,       involved or impact on
                     Framework                            organisation   anticipated       the public, society,
                     Agreement                            involved       completion        culture and ecology
                                                                         date)             been released to the
                                                                                           public? If yes, through
                                                                                           which channels and
                                                                                           what were the
                                                                                           manpower and
                                                                                           expenditure involved?
                                                                                           If no, what are the
                                                                                           reasons?
Inspection of the    To inspect            The            AQSIQ,         On-going          The inspection
registered           registered food       estimated      local CIQs                       programme is publicised
Mainland food        production farms      expenditure                                     on CFS’s webpage. The
production farms     on the Mainland as    for                                             related costs are absorbed
                     part of the control   inspection                                      within existing resources
                     regime to ensure      of food                                         and can not be separately
                     the safety of food    animal                                          identified.
                     and agricultural      farms and
                     products supplied     fish farms
                     to Hong Kong.         on the
                                           Mainland
                     It is one of the      and overseas
                     cooperation areas     is $7.1
                     under the             million.
                     Framework             Other
                     Agreement to          inspections
                     enhance inspection    were
                     quarantine and        absorbed
                     supervision at        within
                     source.               existing
                                           manpower
                                           and
                                           resources.

Liaison with the     To discuss the        FEHD will      AQSIQ,         On-going          We will consider
Mainland             proposed              deploy         local CIQs                       appropriate publicity in
authorities on the   registration and      existing                                        due course.
proposed             listing systems for   manpower
registration and     cultured marine       and
listing systems      fish, shellfish and   resources to
for cultured         related aquatic       carry out
marine fish,         products supplied     this
shellfish and        to Hong Kong to       initiative.
related aquatic      further ensure
products supplied    food safety.
to Hong Kong
                     It is one of the
                     cooperation areas
                     under the
                     Framework
                     Agreement to
                     enhance inspection
                     quarantine and
                     supervision at
                     source.




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Pilot study on      To explore the       $1.83        Guangdong     Further trial and   Results will be
RFID                feasibility of       million      CIQ           evaluation will     announced upon
                    applying                                        be conducted.       completion of trials.
                    information
                    technology to
                    enhance the
                    traceability of
                    Mainland food and
                    food animals
                    supplied to Hong
                    Kong.

                    It is one of the
                    cooperation areas
                    under the
                    Framework
                    Agreement to
                    enhance inspection
                    quarantine and
                    supervision at
                    source.

To enhance the      AFCD will liaise     About $1.5   AQSIQ         The project is      The project has been
cooperation in      with the             million                    anticipated to      reported in the media.
equine inspection   Government                        MoA           start in 2012 –
and quarantine      authorities on the                              13.
and to provide      Mainland to                       Guangdong
expert assistance   formulate                         CIQ
in monitoring the   quarantine, import
inspection and      and export                        Guangzhou
quarantine work     requirements,                     Agriculture
of the epidemic-    including                         Bureau
free zone in        participating at
Guangzhou and       various expert
the biosecurity     meetings,
highway passage     providing training
                    and professional
                    advice in
                    preparing the
                    operational
                    guidelines, health
                    protocols and
                    biosecurity
                    requirements for
                    the horses of
                    concern.

                    It is one of the
                    initiatives under
                    the cross-boundary
                    infrastructure
                    facilities and
                    custom
                    supervision of the
                    Work Plan of the
                    Framework
                    Agreement.




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Joint enforcement    Joint operation         AFCD has         Guangdong       A joint           No. Combating illegal
against illegal      with the Marine         deployed         Fishery         operation will    fishing is a day-to-day
fishing              Police and the          existing         Administrati    be organised in   activity of AFCD and no
                     Mainland fisheries      manpower         on General      2012 – 2013       special publicity will be
                     authority to            and              Brigade                           arranged.
                     combat illegal          resources to
                     fishing in Hong         carry out
                     Kong and                this
                     Mainland waters.        initiative.

                     It is one of the
                     initiatives under
                     the Chapter of
                     Ecology
                     Construction and
                     Environmental
                     Protection of the
                     Framework
                     Agreement.

Fishermen            To organise             AFCD has         Guangdong       It will be        The training programme
training             training courses        deployed         Provincial      launched in –     is publicised in fishermen
                     for fishermen in        existing         Administra-     2012 – 2013       community. The related
                     collaboration with      manpower         tion of Ocean                     publicity costs will be
                     the Guangdong           and              and Fisheries                     absorbed within existing
                     side during the         resources to                                       resources and cannot be
                     fishing                 carry out                                          separately identified.
                     moratorium.             this
                                             initiative.
                     It is one of the
                     initiatives under
                     the Chapter of
                     Ecology
                     Construction and
                     Environmental
                     Protection of the
                     Framework
                     Agreement.

Preparation of the   To facilitate           Harmful          Guangdong       On-going          No. Monitoring of
List of Harmful      technical               algae            Provincial      project           harmful algae is a day-to-
Microalgae           communication           monitoring       Administra-                       day activity of AFCD and
Species for          between AFCD            is a day-to-     tion of Ocean                     no special publicity will
harmful algae        and Guangdong           day activity     and Fisheries                     be arranged.
monitoring           officials in relation   of AFCD
                     to harmful algae        and
                     monitoring.             resources in
                                             the initiative
                     It is one of the        could not be
                     initiatives under       separated
                     the Chapter of          from the
                     Ecology                 general
                     Construction and        recurrent
                     Environmental           expenditure.
                     Protection of the
                     Framework
                     Agreement.

Technical            Forum(s)                It is            Guangdong       At the moment,    The forum material will
forum(s) /           /seminar(s) will be     estimated        CIQ             there is no       be publicised on
seminar(s) on the    organised to            that the cost                    scheduled         government websites.
areas of             enhance technical       is about                         forum(s)/


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laboratory testing   exchanges             $0.1 –                         seminar(s)
of food              between               0.3million
                     Guangdong and         per forum/
                     Hong Kong on          seminar.
                     laboratory testing
                     of food to enhance
                     food safety.

                     The programme is
                     related to the
                     initiatives for co-
                     operation on food
                     safety under the
                     Framework
                     Agreement.



c)     No.    The cross-boundary co-operations with Guangdong have been listed in (a) and (b) above.




                                                             Signature

                                                  Name in block letters            Mrs Marion LAI

                                                                               Permanent Secretary for
                                                             Post Title        Food and Health (Food)

                                                                  Date                 1.3.2012




                                                                                   Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)005
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   2782
      Food and Health Bureau
      (Food Branch)
Programme:             (3) Environmental Hygiene

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

During 2012-2013, the Administration will continue to implement measures to increase the supply of public
columbarium and crematorium facilities and to promote the scattering of cremated human ashes at sea or in
Gardens of Remembrance. In this connection, please inform this committee of the latest progress of the
work and the work plan and estimated expenditure for 2012-13.

Asked by: Hon. LAU Kin-yee, Miriam

Reply:

On public crematorium facilities, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) is upgrading the
cremators by phases to increase their handling capacity. The Wo Hop Shek Crematorium is being
reprovisioned at an estimated cost of $686.3 million for constructing six cremators and other ancillary
facilities. The project is scheduled for completion in mid 2012. The reprovisioning of the Cape Collinson
Crematorium to provide for ten new cremators and other ancillary facilities, at an estimated cost of $696.3
million, is also underway for completion in two phases in mid 2012 and late 2014 respectively. With the
completion of these two reprovisioning projects, the number of scheduled cremation sessions per annum will
be increased by 31.3% from 40 200 in 2011 to 52 800.

On public columbarium facilities, the construction of a new public columbarium with 43 710 niches and a
Garden of Remembrance in the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery, at an estimated cost of $629.5 million, is underway
for completion in mid 2012. FEHD is also constructing 1 540 new niches in the Diamond Hill
Columbarium at an estimated cost of $0.76 million, and will construct 990 new niches in the Cheung Chau
Cemetery at an estimated cost of $10.76 million in 2013. The construction works in Diamond Hill
Columbarium will be completed in early 2012 whereas the construction works in Cheung Chau Cemetery
will be completed in late 2013. To increase the supply of public niches, the Administration has been
promoting the district-based columbarium development scheme and has identified 24 potential sites in 18
districts in Hong Kong for columbarium development. The above-mentioned sites in the Diamond Hill
Columbarium and Cheung Chau Cemetery are two of the 24 potential sites. The Administration is
conducting feasibility studies on the remaining sites and will consult the relevant District Councils before the
sites are confirmed for columbarium development.

In 2012-13, FEHD will continue to promote alternative means of ash disposal, including the provision of free
ferry service for scattering cremated human ashes at sea, publishing publicity materials and maintaining an
internet memorial service, at an estimated cost of $1.54 million.




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           Signature

Name in block letters           Mrs Marion LAI

                        Permanent Secretary for Food and
           Post Title           Health (Food)

                Date               24.2.2012




                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)006
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:         Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                1265
      Food and Health Bureau
      (Food Branch)
Programme:             (2) Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Safety

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

On continuing to collaborate with the Mainland authorities to explore the feasibility of applying information
technology to enhance the traceability of food, what is the progress of work in 2011 and what are the latest
findings? Will new information technology system be further introduced? What are the estimated manpower
and resources required?

Asked by: Hon. LEE Kok-long, Joseph

Reply:

In 2011, tests on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) hand-held readers and passageway readers were
conducted. The hand-held readers showed higher accuracy on stationary pigs though with less efficiency in
terms of time and manpower entailed, while the performance of passageway readers was affected by the
unsteady movements and walking speed of pigs. Other possible application of RFID technology in helping
to ensure safety of food imported into Hong Kong will be studied.

The estimated expenditure to be incurred by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department is $1.83
million in 2012-13.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Mrs Marion LAI

                                                                    Permanent Secretary for Food and
                                                       Post Title           Health (Food)

                                                            Date               27.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)007
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:         Subhead (No. & title): 000 Operational
                                                                                                1266
      Food and Health Bureau                                     Expenses
      (Food Branch)
Programme:             (3) Environmental Hygiene

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Under this programme, the provision for 2012-13 is $7.3 million higher than the revised estimate for 2011-
12 for the planning and development of columbarium and crematorium facilities. Please advise this
Committee of the details of the projects.



Asked by: Hon. LEE Kok-long, Joseph

Reply:

Of the increased provision of $7.3 million in the 2012-13 estimate for Programme (3): Environmental
Hygiene as compared with the 2011-12 revised estimate, $1.1 million is to meet the increased cashflow
requirement for an on-going engineering feasibility study for development of columbarium, crematorium and
other related facilities at Sandy Ridge Cemetery. The purpose of the study is to assess the engineering
feasibility for related site formation and infrastructure works before taking forward detailed studies on the
project. The study started in March 2011 and is expected to complete by end 2012.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Mrs Marion LAI

                                                                    Permanent Secretary for Food and
                                                       Post Title           Health (Food)

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                FHB(FE)008
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                             Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    3002
      Food and Health Bureau
      (Food Branch)
Programme:             (2) Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Safety

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What are the specific plans of the Administration to continue to promote the sustainable development of
local agriculture and organic farming? What is the amount of government expenditure involved? How
will the Administration co-operate with the local farmers? What is the timetable of implementation?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The Government promotes the sustainable development of the local agricultural industry through (a)
providing infrastructural support, technical assistance, credit facilities and vocational training to farmers; (b)
conducting adaptive and technical studies and introducing modern technology and practices to local farmers
to facilitate their efficient production and improve the quality of their products; and (c) planning and
implementing effective management activities and services. The Food and Health Bureau is responsible for
formulating policies and overseeing the continual promotion of the sustainable development of the local
agricultural industry. Relevant measures are implemented by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation
Department (AFCD).

In 2012-13, the AFCD will continue to promote the sustainable development of the local agricultural
industry through the above-mentioned activities. Major plans include promotion of organic cultivation and
intensive greenhouse production, introduction of new and improved crop varieties for farming as well as
implementation of the Accredited Farm Scheme with a view to assisting farmers to raise the quality of their
products and to capture high-value market niches.

To promote organic farming, the AFCD will continue to provide technical support and assistance to local
farmers under the on-going Organic Farming Support Service Scheme, to join hands with the Vegetable
Marketing Organization and the Federation of Vegetable Marketing Cooperative Societies in promoting the
production and marketing of local organic produce, and to support the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre
in their promotion of organic education and certification.

In 2012-13, the AFCD has earmarked $30 million for the promotion of the sustainable development of the
local agricultural industry including organic farming.



                                                          Signature
                                             Name in block letters             Mrs Marion LAI
                                                                       Permanent Secretary for Food and
                                                          Post Title           Health (Food)
                                                               Date               17.2.2012

                                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)009
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:         Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                0794
      Food and Health Bureau
      (Food Branch)
Programme:             (3) Environmental Hygiene

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health



Question:

Consultancy studies will be conducted for “planning and development of columbarium and crematorium
facilities”. What is the expenditure involved in the studies? When will the studies be completed?



Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

The expenditure involved in the study for planning and development of columbarium and crematorium
facilities at the Sandy Ridge Cemetery in 2012-13 is $4.56 million. The relevant study will be completed
by end 2012.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Mrs Marion LAI

                                                                    Permanent Secretary for Food and
                                                       Post Title           Health (Food)

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)010
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:          Subhead (No. & title): 000 Operational
                                                                                                  2957
      Food and Health Bureau                                      Expenses
      (Food Branch)
Programme:             (3) Environmental Hygiene

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The estimated financial provision for 2012-13 is $26.9 million, representing an increase of 37.2% over the
revised estimate of $19.6 million for 2011-12. This is mainly due to the increased provision for planning
and development of columbarium and crematorium facilities and for conducting consultancy studies.

(a) What is the expenditure involved in conducting consultancy studies?

(b) What are the details of the consultancy studies?

(c) What is the timetable for commencing and completing the consultancy studies and announcing the
    findings of the studies?



Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing



Reply:

(a)           Of the increased provision of $7.3 million (37.2%) in the 2012-13 estimate for Programme (3):
              Environmental Hygiene, about 4 million is earmarked for consultancy studies. The known
              commitments to date include $1.1 million to meet the increased cashflow requirement for an
              on-going engineering feasibility study for development of columbarium, crematorium and other
              related facilities at the Sandy Ridge Cemetery and $1.43 million reserved for commissioning a
              consultancy study on the licensing scheme for private columbaria. The remainder is to cater for
              other study needs which may arise in the course of the year.

(b) and (c)   The purpose of the engineering feasibility study for development of columbarium, crematorium
              and other related facilities at the Sandy Ridge Cemetery is to assess the engineering feasibility
              for related site formation and infrastructure works before taking forward detailed studies on the
              project. The study started in March 2011 and is expected to complete by end 2012. In view
              of the public support for enhancing regulation of private columbaria, the Administration
              launched a public consultation on a proposed licensing scheme on 13 December 2011. Upon
              conclusion of the consultation in end of March 2012, the Administration will carefully analyse
              the views and comments received before finalising the legislative proposals. To better assess




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the impact of the proposed licensing scheme on the business community, the Administration
plans to conduct a business impact assessment in the second half of 2012.




                                       Signature

                            Name in block letters           Mrs Marion LAI

                                                    Permanent Secretary for Food and
                                       Post Title           Health (Food)

                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)011
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:          Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                 2473
      Food and Health Bureau
      (Food Branch)
Programme:             (3) Environmental Hygiene

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What are the estimated provision and manpower involved in increasing the supply of columbarium and
crematorium facilities and enhance the regulation of private columbaria in 2012-13? Will the Administration
consider using the current population profile of Hong Kong as the basis to set the target for increasing the
supply of columbarium for the coming 5 years?



Asked by: Hon. WONG Yuk-man

Reply:

The Administration has been making reference to the population profile of Hong Kong when planning for
crematorium and columbarium facilities. On public crematorium facilities, the Food and Environmental
Hygiene Department (FEHD) is upgrading the cremators by phases to increase their handling capacity. The
Wo Hop Shek Crematorium is being reprovisioned at an estimated cost of $686.3 million for constructing six
cremators and other ancillary facilities. The project is scheduled for completion in mid 2012. The
reprovisioning of the Cape Collinson Crematorium to provide for ten new cremators and other ancillary
facilities, at an estimated cost of $696.3 million, is also underway for completion in two phases in mid 2012
and late 2014 respectively. With the completion of these two reprovisioning projects, the number of
scheduled cremation sessions per annum will be increased by 31.3% from 40 200 in 2011 to 52 800.

On public columbarium facilities, the construction of a new public columbarium with 43 710 niches and a
Garden of Remembrance in the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery, at an estimated cost of $629.5 million, is underway
for completion in mid 2012. FEHD is also constructing 1 540 new niches in the Diamond Hill
Columbarium at an estimated cost of $0.76 million, and will construct 990 new niches in the Cheung Chau
Cemetery at an estimated cost of $10.76 million in 2013. The construction works in Diamond Hill
Columbarium and Cheung Chau Cemetery will be completed in early 2012 and late 2013 respectively. To
increase the supply of public niches, the Administration has been promoting the district-based columbarium
development scheme and has identified 24 potential sites in 18 districts in Hong Kong for columbarium
development. The above-mentioned sites in the Diamond Hill Columbarium and Cheung Chau Cemetery
are two of the 24 potential sites. The Administration is conducting feasibility studies on the remaining sites
and will consult relevant District Councils before the sites are confirmed for columbarium development.

Current projections are that, together with the supply of the Chinese Permanent Cemeteries, there will be
over 120 000 new niches in the coming five years (i.e. 2012 to 2016) to meet the overall public demand.
Thereafter, subject to the support of District Councils for key projects such as the proposed columbaria in
Tsang Tsui, Tuen Mun and Sandy Ridge, North District, the supply of new niches will cumulatively increase
to hundreds of thousands in the medium to long term (i.e. 2017 to 2031).



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On enhancing the regulation of private columbaria, the Administration has worked out a regulatory
framework and launched a three-month public consultation on the proposed licensing scheme for private
columbaria on 13 December 2011. The Administration will carefully analyse the views and comments
received before finalising the legislative proposals. Expenditure on such work would be absorbed within
our existing resources.




                                                    Signature

                                         Name in block letters           Mrs Marion LAI

                                                                 Permanent Secretary for Food and
                                                    Post Title           Health (Food)

                                                         Date               24.2.2012




                                                                         Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)012
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 139 Government Secretariat:         Subhead (No. & title): 000 Operational
                                                                                                2474
      Food and Health Bureau                                     Expenses
      (Food Branch)
Programme:             (3) Environmental Hygiene

Controlling Officer:   Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Food)

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The estimated provision for 2012-13 under Programme (3) is $26.9 million, representing an increase of $7.3
million or 37.2% over the revised estimate of $19.6 million for 2011-12. Please advise on the estimated
cost for the consultancy studies included in the increased provision.



Asked by: Hon. WONG Yuk-man

Reply:

Of the increased provision of $7.3 million (37.2%) in the 2012-13 estimate for Programme (3):
Environmental Hygiene, about 4 million is earmarked for consultancy studies. The known commitments to
date include $1.1 million to meet the increased cashflow requirement for an on-going engineering feasibility
study for development of columbarium, crematorium and other related facilities at Sandy Ridge Cemetery
and $1.43 million reserved for commissioning a consultancy study on the licensing scheme for private
columbaria. The remainder is to cater for other study needs which may arise in the course of the year.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Mrs Marion LAI

                                                                    Permanent Secretary for Food and
                                                       Post Title           Health (Food)

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)013
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead: 000 Operational
                                                                                               0100
        Conservation Department                                     expenses

Programme:

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:
Regarding the subventions provided by AFCD, please advise on the following:

(a)   Why does the subvention to the Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong) increase
      from the actual provision of $608,000 in 2010-11 to the revised provision (2011-12) and the estimate
      (2012-13) of $1 million? What are the criteria for determining the amount?

(b) There is a new item of “Animal welfare organisations” under Subventions and the amount involved is
    $1 million. What are the details of application eligibility, funding mechanism and the number of
    applications available?

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Hak-kan
Reply:
(a)   The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has collaborated with the Society for
      the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to implement various animal welfare and management
      programmes, including stray animal control, de-sexing and animal rescue activities. The increase in
      the amount of subvention in 2011-12 and 2012-13 is for the implementation of new and enhanced
      collaborative programmes for dealing with animal cruelty cases, stray cattle management, provision of
      clinical care for sick and injured animals associated with prosecution cases, and training and
      educational activities related to the promotion of animal welfare and proper animal management. The
      amount of subvention was based on the estimated expenditure required for the implementation of the
      above programmes agreed between AFCD and SPCA.

(b)   AFCD collaborates with a number of animal welfare organisations (AWOs), including SPCA, to
      promote animal welfare and proper animal management in Hong Kong. AWOs can apply for
      government funding to facilitate implementation of the related programmes, including animal rehoming,
      promotion of neutering of pets as well as general education and publicity activities. AFCD has
      earmarked $1 million per year in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 for this purpose. The invitation for
      applications for 2011-12 started in September 2011 and AFCD is now processing the five applications
      from AWOs which were received in December 2011. Each application will be considered on its own
      merits.


                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                      29 February 2012


                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)014
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                     Subhead:
                                                                                                  0101
         Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the tightening of the control on the sources of dogs offered for sale in pet shops, please advise on
the following:

(a) What is the number of licensed premises and establishments where animals were kept for trading
    purposes in the past 3 years (2009-11)? How many inspections were carried out by Agriculture,
    Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) and how many irregularities were found during the
    period? Please give a detailed breakdown of the cases by nature.

(b) apart from targeting pet shops, has AFCD earmarked resources and manpower to strengthen the
    monitoring of private breeders? If yes, what are the details?

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Hak-kan

Reply:

(a) The number of licensed animal trading premises in the past three years (2009-2011) is as follows:

                       Calendar Year                            Number of Licensed Premises
                            2009                                              418
                            2010                                              426
                            2011                                              458

     The number of inspections carried out and cases of prosecutions in the past three years is as follows:

                                                               Number of Prosecutions
         Calendar Year        Number of
                              Inspections      Trading without licence Breaching licence condition

              2009                 7 523                   3                             4
              2010                 4 456                  13                             5
              2011                 4 730                  13                             2




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(b) Apart from tightening the control on the source of dogs offered for sale in pet shops, the Agriculture,
    Fisheries and Conservation Department has also strengthened effort in monitoring relevant websites,
    advertisements on magazines and newspapers etc., with a view to identifying illegal animal trading
    cases, including those involved in breeding animals for sale in a commercial manner. Follow up
    investigations and enforcement actions will be carried out where necessary.         $2 million (which
    includes resources for four officers on the establishment) has been earmarked for the purpose in 2012-
    13.




                                      Signature:

                           Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                      Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                           Date:                   28 February 2012




                                                                         Session 18 FHB(FE)
                         Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)015
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                             Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                      Subhead:
                                                                                                    0102
        Conservation Department

Programme:               (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:     Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the strengthening of stray animals management, please advise on the following:

(a) the expenditure on catching stray animals and the number and species of animals caught in the past 3
    years (2009-10 to 2011-12).
(b) how many complaints and reports regarding animal poisoning (stray animals and animals with an owner)
    were received in the past 3 years (2009-10 to 2011-12)? What were the animal species involved?
(c) how many resources and manpower are earmarked for implementing the “Trap-Neuter-Return” Scheme
    at the district level in 2012-13? How is the progress of the Scheme? What is the estimated number of
    stray dogs involved?

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Hak-kan

Reply:

(a)    The actual expenditure on catching stray animals in 2009-10 and 2010-11 was $20.6 million and $21.3
       million respectively. The estimated expenditure for 2011-12 is $22.0 million.

       The number and species of stray animals caught are as follows:

                                                         Stray Animals Caught
                         Calendar Year
                                                 Dogs            Cats           Others*
                              2009               7 850          4 570            1 361
                              2010               6 519          3 907            411
                              2011               5 800          3 557            331

      * Including small mammals (rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs and rats), pigs/cattle,
        poultry/birds, etc.

(b)    The number of complaints and reports regarding animal poisoning received by the Agriculture,
       Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) and the types of animal involved are as follows:

            Calendar Year            Number of complaints/reports          Type of Animal
                  2009                            0                              -
                  2010                            3                             Dog
                  2011                            1                             Dog

                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
(c)   AFCD, in collaboration with relevant animal welfare organisations, has already identified three
      potential sites in Yuen Long, Sai Kung and Lamma Island respectively for implementing the “Trap-
      Neuter-Return” (TNR) trial scheme. AFCD and the relevant animal welfare organisations are now
      consulting the local community on the trial scheme, and will proceed to seek support from the
      respective District Councils. An independent consultant will be engaged to conduct a baseline survey
      on the number of stray dogs involved at the TNR sites. If the trial is implemented, AFCD will
      commission an independent consultancy study to assess the effectiveness of the trial scheme in
      reducing the stray dog population. In 2012-13, an additional provision of $1.9 million will be
      allocated for the TNR trial scheme. Details of the estimated expenditure are as follows:

                                                                                             Amount
                                         Items                                         (for a 3-year trial)
                                                                                           ($ million)
        Independent Consultancy Study                                                          2.0
        Additional Staffing (including one Veterinary Officer and three Animal                 3.5
        Health Inspectors to monitor the implementation of the trial scheme)
        Other Operational and Administrative Expenses                                          0.3
                                                                            Total              5.8

      If the trial is launched, we will closely monitor its implementation and evaluate its effectiveness whilst
      keeping relevant stakeholders posted of any developments.




                                         Signature:

                             Name in block letters:                      Alan WONG

                                         Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                              Date:                     29 February 2012




                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                         Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                          Reply Serial No.
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                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                                 Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                           Subhead: 000 Operational
                                                                                                          0103
        Conservation Department                                            expenses

Programme:

Controlling Officer:      Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:       Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Under the above subhead, please provide in table form the following information of various animal
management centres for the past 3 years (2009-10 to 2011-12):

(a)      operational expenses;
(b)      manpower (the number of qualified veterinarians in the professional grade and the total number);
(c)      the numbers and types of stray and abandoned animals received; and
(d)      the numbers and types of animals re-homed.

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Hak-kan

Reply:

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department provides animal management services to the public
through four animal management centres (AMCs) which are located in the New Territories North (NTN),
New Territories South (NTS), Kowloon (K) and Hong Kong Island (HK) respectively. The information
required in relation to the operation of the AMCs in the past three years is as follows:

(a)   Operational Expenditure ($ million)


      Financial Year              AMC/NTN               AMC/NTS                  AMC/K                   AMC/HK

          2009-10                     14.78                  10.03                12.67                   10.03
          2010-11                     15.87                  10.77                13.60                   10.77
          2011-12                     17.82                  12.09                15.27                   12.09

(b)   Manpower


 Financial Year             AMC/NTN                AMC/NTS                      AMC/K                 AMC/HK

                       Professional   Total   Professional     Total   Professional     Total   Professional     Total

      2009-10               1          48          1            32          1            38          1            35
      2010-11               1          51          1            33          1            42          1            37
      2011-12               1          55          1            36          1            44          1            39




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(c) and (d)   Animals Received and Rehomed

                                                                        Animals Received
                                             Animals Given Up by
               Stray Animals Caught                                      through other           Animals Rehomed
 Calendar                                         Owners
                                                                           Channels
  Year
               Dogs      Cats    Others* Dogs Cats Others*             Dogs    Cats Others* Dogs Cats Others*

    2009       7 850    4 570     1 361      2 990     190    427     1 175    150      40      650     90        18

    2010       6 519    3 907      411       2 345     204    68      1 689    204      31      789    119        32

    2011       5 800    3 557      331       2 403     244    107     1 445    267      956     852    205        87


*   Including small mammals (rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs and rats), pigs/cattle, poultry/birds,
    etc.




                                          Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                          Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                              Date:                    21 February 2012




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                                                                                             FHB(FE)017
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  3164
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please provide details regarding the work of stray animals management and promotion of animal welfare this
year. What is the progress of implementing the “Trap-Neuter-Return” Scheme and the expenditure
involved?

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya

Reply:

In 2011-12, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has implemented various
programmes to manage animals and promote animal welfare, covering the following areas: (a) education and
publicity; (b) regulation of animal trading, boarding and exhibition premises and establishments; (c)
management of stray and pet animals; (d) prevention and control of outbreaks of rabies and other animal
diseases; (e) promotion of animal welfare; and (f) prevention of and enforcement against animal cruelty.

Apart from on-going activities under these programmes, AFCD has been pursuing various enhanced
measures to manage animals and promote animal welfare during the year. These include (a) implementing
a strengthened education and publicity programme to promote animal welfare and responsible pet ownership;
(b) devising codes of practices for the proper trading and keeping of pets and other animals; (c) stepping up
enforcement actions against pet owners and traders in contravention of relevant animal laws; (d) improving
the handling of animal cruelty reports or complaints through the recently established Animal Welfare Task
Group comprising representatives of the relevant government departments and the Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals; (e) strengthening collaboration with and provision of technical and financial support
to animal welfare organisations in re-homing of animals and conducting activities relating to animal welfare
and management; (f) providing technical support and assistance to the relevant animal welfare organisations
in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the “Trap-Neuter-Return” (TNR)
trial scheme for dogs; and (g) setting up a dedicated cattle team to implement a long term strategy for the
management of stray cattle population in collaboration with relevant animal welfare organisations and local
communities.




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AFCD, in collaboration with relevant animal welfare organisations, has already identified three potential
sites in Yuen Long, Sai Kung and Lamma Island respectively for implementing the TNR trial scheme.
AFCD and the relevant animal welfare organisations are now consulting the local community on the trial
scheme, and will proceed to seek support from the respective District Councils. An independent consultant
will be engaged to conduct a baseline survey on the number of stray dogs involved at the TNR sites. If the
trial is implemented, AFCD will commission an independent consultancy study to assess the effectiveness of
the trial scheme in reducing the stray dog population. In 2012-13, an additional provision of $1.9 million
will be allocated for the TNR trial scheme. Details of the estimated expenditure are as follows:


                                                                                         Amount
                                         Items                                     (for a 3-year trial)
                                                                                       ($ million)
   A     Independent Consultancy Study                                                     2.0
   B     Additional Staffing (including one Veterinary Officer and three Animal            3.5
         Health Inspectors to monitor the implementation of the trial scheme)
   C     Other Operational and Administrative Expenses                                     0.3
                                                                           Total           5.8


If the trial is launched, we will closely monitor its implementation and evaluate its effectiveness whilst
keeping relevant stakeholders posted of any developments.




                                      Signature:

                           Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                      Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                           Date:                     29 February 2012




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)018
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  3166
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What were the prosecution figures on illegal sale of animals last year? Will the Department strengthen its
manpower in combating online sale of animals by unlicensed pet shops? What is the estimated expenditure
involved?

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya

Reply:

In 2011, officers of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) carried out 4 730
inspections of premises and establishments where animals are kept for trading or exhibition purpose, with a
view to ensuring that holders of the licences/permits comply with the licensing/permit conditions. There
were a total of 15 prosecution cases in 2011, including 13 cases involving trading without licence and two
other cases relating to breach of licensing conditions.

Apart from tightening the control on the source of dogs offered for sale in pet shops by introducing
additional conditions in the animal trading licence in 2010, we have also strengthened efforts in monitoring
relevant websites as well as advertisements on magazines and newspapers, etc., with a view to identifying
illegal animal trading cases, including those pertaining to breeding of animals for sale in a commercial
manner. Follow up investigation and enforcement actions would be carried out where necessary.             $2
million (which includes resources for four officers on the establishment) has been earmarked for the purpose
in 2012-13.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     29 February 2012



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                                                                                             FHB(FE)019
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  3275
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:
In 2012-13, an estimated subvention of $1 million will be granted to the Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong), which is the total amount of subventions to be granted by the Department
to all other animal welfare organisations. What are the criteria for determining the subvention amount and
beneficiary organisations? As the granting of subventions is lopsided and focused on one organisation, will
this hinder the multi-development of animal welfare work and marginalise other organisations?
Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya
Reply:
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) collaborates with animal welfare
organisations (AWOs) with a view to promoting animal welfare and management in Hong Kong.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a well-established non-profit making
organisation that has been providing animal care and welfare services in Hong Kong for a long period of
time. Over the years, it has developed a relatively large scope of services and accumulated valuable
experience. To achieve the common goal of promoting animal welfare in Hong Kong, AFCD has been
collaborating with and providing subvention to SPCA to implement various animal welfare and management
programmes. The annual subvention to SPCA was $1 million in 2011-12 and the same is earmarked for
2012-13. The subvention is to support SPCA to implement stray animal control, de-sexing and animal
rescue activities, as well as new and enhanced collaborative programmes for dealing with animal cruelty
cases, stray cattle management, provision of clinical care for sick and injured animals associated with
prosecution cases, and training and educational activities related to the promotion of animal welfare and
proper animal management. The amount of subvention was based on the estimated annual expenditure
required for the implementation of these programmes agreed between AFCD and SPCA.

Apart from SPCA, AFCD also provides funding support to AWOs which have entered into partnership with
AFCD to implement programmes relating to the promotion of animal welfare and proper animal
management, such as animal rehoming, promotion of the neutering of pets as well as general education and
publicity activities. AFCD has earmarked $1 million per year in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 for this purpose.

We will continue our effort in strengthening collaboration with AWOs by inviting more AWOs to partner
with AFCD and providing suitable technical and financial support to them with a view to further promoting
and safeguarding animal welfare in Hong Kong.


                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     29 February 2012

                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                          Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                  FHB(FE)020
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                               Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                           Subhead:
                                                                                                      3277
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:
The Department has planned to increase 20 posts in 2012-13, which is 4% higher than the previous year.
Please advise on the duties and ranks of the new posts.
Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya

Reply:

Details of the 20 posts are as follows:

                                   Number            Annual staff
     Grade/rank of post                                                   Services to be provided/improved
                                   of post              cost
I.    Animal control
Field Officer I                       4              $4.1 million        To set up inoculation and animal
Field Officer II                      8                                   inspection facilities and provide the
Field Assistant                       4                                   related services at the new Cathay
                                      16                                  Pacific Air Cargo Terminal at the Hong
                                                                          Kong International Airport.
II. Veterinary Surgeons Board
Senior Executive Officer                  1          $1.2 million        To enhance the secretariat support to the
Executive Officer II                      1                               Veterinary Surgeons Board.
                                          2

III. Animal welfare
Field Officer II                          1          $0.4 million        To enhance management of stray animal
Field Assistant                           1                               population and combat animal cruelty
                                          2                               cases in order to raise the standard of
                                                                          animal welfare.
Total                                 20             $5.7 million



                                              Signature:

                             Name in block letters:                           Alan WONG

                                              Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                                  Date:                      29 February 2012


                                                                                  Session 18 FHB(FE)
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                                                                                             FHB(FE)021
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                 1352
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is mentioned in Programme 1 that the Department will increase provision for special training programme
for trawler fishermen. What are the amount of provision and details of the training programme?

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Wai-yip, Albert

Reply:

As approved by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council in June 2011, $12.8 million has been
earmarked for the special training programme for trawler fishermen, of which $4 million has been used in
providing training programme in 2011-12 and the remaining $8.8 million will be used in 2012-13. The
special training programme will be implemented through engaging non-governmental training institutions
with the relevant knowledge and experience. The programme aims to assist trawler fishermen to switch to
sustainable fisheries operations including training on marine-based guided tours and aquaculture operations.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                        Alan WONG

                                       Post Title:     Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                        27 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
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                                                                                           FHB(FE)022
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                0198
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please provide the annual quantities of fresh vegetables consumed by Hong Kong people over the past 3
years (2009 to 2011). What were the annual percentages of vegetables marketed through the Vegetable
Marketing Organization in the total vegetable sales in Hong Kong during the same period? What are the
estimated figures of the same for 2012?

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

The annual consumption of fresh vegetables from 2009 to 2011, and the corresponding quantity and
percentage marketed through the Vegetable Marketing Organization (VMO) in the same period, are
tabulated below:

                                                                               VMO throughput over
         Year   Total consumption (tonne) Throughput in VMO (tonne)
                                                                               total consumption (%)
         2009             657 892                       172 764                         26%
         2010             651 557                       156 495                         24%
         2011             721 741                       153 274                         21%

We expect the total consumption of vegetables in 2012 to be around 700 000 tonnes with 151 000 tonnes
(22%) to be marketed through VMO.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     21 February 2012



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                                                                                               FHB(FE)023
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                             Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                       Subhead:
                                                                                                    0223
        Conservation Department

Programme:               (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets
                         (2) Nature Conservation and Country Parks
                         (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:     Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health
                         Secretary for the Environment
Question:

There will be an increase of 31 non-directorate posts in 2012-13. Please provide in table form the grades,
duties and the annual expenditure on emoluments of the posts. What services will be improved with the
creation of these posts?

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

Details of the 31 non-directorate posts are as follows:

                                    Number       Annual staff
       Grade/rank of post                                              Services to be provided/improved
                                    of posts        cost
I.      Animal control
Field Officer I                         4        $4.1 million         To set up inoculation and animal
Field Officer II                        8                              inspection facilities and provide the
Field Assistant                         4                              related services at the new Cathay
                                                                       Pacific Air Cargo Terminal at the Hong
                                       16
                                                                       Kong International Airport.
II.     Veterinary Surgeons Board
Senior Executive Officer               1         $1.2 million         To enhance the secretariat support to the
Executive Officer II                   1                               Veterinary Surgeons Board.
                                       2
III.    Food safety
Field Officer I                         1        $1.0 million         To conduct radiation test with the Food
Field Officer II                        1                              Contamination Monitoring System and
Senior Field Assistant                  1                              perform data analysis. To enhance
                                                                       food safety of local crop produce
Fisheries Technical Officer II          1
                                                                       through inspection of local vegetable
Field Assistant                         2                              farms and provision of training
Workman I                              (3)*                            workshops for local farmers.
                                        3

* Number of posts to be deleted to offset part of the created posts.



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                                    Number        Annual staff
      Grade/rank of post                                               Services to be provided/improved
                                    of posts         cost
IV.     Animal welfare
Field Officer II                       1          $0.4 million        To enhance management of stray animal
Field Assistant                        1                               population and combat animal cruelty
                                       2                               cases in order to raise the standard of
                                                                       animal welfare.
V.      Trawl ban
Fisheries Officer                      1          $1.1 million        To enforce the trawl ban, administer the
Fisheries Supervisor I                 1                               one-off   assistance    scheme,     and
Fisheries Supervisor II                1                               implement a suite of fisheries
                                                                       management measures in Hong Kong
                                       3
                                                                       waters.
VI.     Biodiversity conservation
Forestry Officer                       1          $1.3 million        To prepare and implement the
Field Officer II                       4                               Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and
                                       5                               Action Plan.

Total                                 31          $9.1 million




                                           Signature:

                           Name in block letters:                         Alan WONG

                                           Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                               Date:                     21 February 2012




                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
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                                                                                             FHB(FE)024
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  0288
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

A total of 10 837 and 9 688 stray animals were caught in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Please set out the
numbers of dogs and cats caught and the number of caught animals that were eventually euthanised. What
is the estimated number of animals that will be eventually euthanised in 2012-13?

Asked by: Hon. EU Yuet-mee, Audrey

Reply:

The number of stray animals caught, given up by owners, and those received by the Agriculture, Fisheries
and Conservation Department (AFCD)’s Animal Management Centres (AMCs) through other channels (such
as seizure) as well as the number of such animals rehomed and euthanised in 2010 and 2011 are at Annex.

If health conditions permit, stray dogs and cats caught by AFCD will usually stay at AFCD AMCs for at
least four days, pending possible retrieval by their owners. Unclaimed dogs and cats will be passed to
animal welfare organisations (AWOs) collaborating with AFCD for re-homing if they are found to be
healthy and of an acceptable temperament. Only animals which are assessed to be unsuitable for re-homing
due to health or temperament reasons, or which cannot be re-homed by AWOs, will be euthanised.

AFCD has been strengthening collaboration with and support to AWOs in re-homing animals, including
inviting more organisations to partner with AFCD and providing free de-sexing services for dogs and cats re-
homed through its partners. There are currently 13 AWOs partnering with AFCD in providing animal re-
homing services. Through our joint efforts, we have increased the number of animals re-homed and
decreased the number of animals euthanised in 2011. We expect the trend to continue in 2012.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     28 February 2012




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                                                                                                                                                Annex


                                             Animals Given Up by            Animals Received
               Stray Animals Caught                                                                      Animals Rehomed          Animals Euthanised
Calendar                                          Owners                 through other Channels
 Year
             Dogs      Cats    Others*     Dogs     Cats     Others*    Dogs      Cats    Others*     Dogs     Cats   Others*   Dogs    Cats      Others*

 2010        6 519    3 907      411       2 345     204       68       1 689     204        31        789      119     32      7 420   3 047      482

 2011        5 800    3 557      331       2 403     244       107      1 445     267       956        852      205     87      6 561   2 422      649


* including small mammals (rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs and rats), pigs/cattle, poultry/birds etc.




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                                                                                             FHB(FE)025
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  0291
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the details of the “additional provision for enhanced animal management programmes” in
2012-13.
Asked by: Hon. EU Yuet-mee, Audrey

Reply:

In 2012-13, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will continue its effort in
pursuing various enhanced measures to manage animals and promote animal welfare. These include (a)
implementing a strengthened education and publicity programme to promote animal welfare and responsible
pet ownership; (b) devising codes of practices for the proper trading and keeping of pets and other animals;
(c) stepping up enforcement actions against pet owners and traders in contravention of relevant animal laws;
(d) improving the handling of animal cruelty reports or complaints through the recently established Animal
Welfare Task Group comprising representatives of the relevant government departments and the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; (e) strengthening collaboration with and provision of technical and
financial support to animal welfare organisations in re-homing of animals and conducting activities relating
to animal welfare and management; (f) providing technical support and assistance to the relevant animal
welfare organisations in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the “Trap-
Neuter-Return” trial scheme for dogs; and (g) setting up a dedicated cattle team to implement a long term
strategy for the management of stray cattle population in collaboration with relevant animal welfare
organisations and local communities. Besides, AFCD will continue to explore further enhanced measures
for animal management and promotion of animal welfare.

An additional provision of $4.9 million, including resources for two time-limited posts, namely one Field
Officer II and one Field Assistant, will be allocated for the implementation of the above enhanced measures
in 2012-13.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     29 February 2012




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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                1399
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

On “rental market stall space occupied’’ under Government fresh food wholesale markets, the occupancy
rates were 89.8% and 90.2% in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The estimated occupancy rate is 90.2% in
2012. Please explain why the vacancy rates have remained around 10% for consecutive years, and advise
on the losses incurred due to the vacancy.

Asked by: Hon. EU Yuet-mee, Audrey

Reply:

For the control of avian flu, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has
repossessed 63 stalls in the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market (CSWTWPM) after the
launch of the Voluntary Surrender Scheme and Buyout Scheme for the live poultry trade in 2005 and 2008
respectively. To tie in with the Government’s policy to maintain the status quo on the number of live
poultry wholesalers, AFCD has stopped leasing out the vacant stalls at CSWTWPM since July 2005. Some
of the egg stalls in the two government wholesale food markets have remained vacant as there is a trend for
retailers to directly import eggs, thus relying less on wholesalers’ service. The total amount of rental
forgone arising from the vacant stalls in CSWTWPM and the two wholesale food markets in 2011 were
about $4.6 million and $3.4 million respectively.

To increase the utilisation of market stalls, AFCD has put some vacant stalls into alternative uses and
allowed some stalls to engage in the wholesaling of ancillary food products. AFCD will continue to follow
up actively with the relevant government departments to put the vacant stalls into gainful use. However,
these measures will not apply to the vacant stalls in CSWTWPM in light of the need for control of avian
influenza risk.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     29 February 2012


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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  1049
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

On assisting farmers to capture market niches by providing technical advice on organic cultivation and
intensive greenhouse production, please inform the Committee of the details of the work and the resources
and expenditure involved.

Asked by: Hon. LAU Kin-yee, Miriam

Reply:

The manpower deployed and the expenditure incurred in providing technical advice on organic cultivation
and intensive green house production in 2011-12 are tabulated below:

                                          Organic           Intensive green
                                                                                     Total
                                         cultivation       house production

         Number of staff deployed            16                    11                 27

         Expenditure ($ million)             7.1                   4.4                11.5


A similar level of manpower and expenditure will be required in 2012-13.

Relevant work in the area includes evaluation of organic cultivation and green house production systems and
methods, screening and selection of suitable crops, setting up and operation of demonstration units,
conducting technical seminars and workshops for farmers, and paying advisory visits to local farms.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                       22 February 2012




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                                                                                            FHB(FE)028
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                2554
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Provision for 2012-13 is $1,201.9 million (550.1%) higher than the revised estimate for 2011-12. This is
mainly due to the increase in non-recurrent expenditure for the one-off assistance package to fishermen
affected by the trawl ban, and additional provision for special training programme for trawler fishermen.
Will the Administration give an account of how the assistance is distributed and how many will benefit from
it? In addition, how will the Administration use the provision for the training programme? Is there a
timetable for the programme?

Asked by: Hon. LAU Sau-shing, Patrick

Reply:

The one-off assistance package approved by the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council in June 2011
includes ex-gratia allowance to affected trawler owners, voluntary buyout of affected inshore trawlers and
one-off assistance to affected local deckhands employed by the affected inshore trawler owners who
voluntarily surrender their vessels under the buyout scheme or dispose of their vessels through other means.
An interdepartmental working group was set up in August 2011 to handle all matters relating to applications
received under the one-off assistance scheme. We anticipate that about 1 100 trawler vessel owners and
1 000 local deckhands would be affected by the trawl ban and be eligible for the assistance.

A special training programme for trawler fishermen will be implemented through engaging non-
governmental training institutions with the relevant knowledge and experience. The programme aims to
assist trawler fishermen to switch to sustainable fisheries operations and will be rolled out before the
implementation of the trawl ban on 31 December 2012.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title:     Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                        27 February 2012




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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                     Subhead:
                                                                                                  0268
         Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Additional provision will be earmarked for special training programme for trawler fishermen in the coming
year. What is the expenditure involved? Will the training programme be outsourced?

Asked by: Hon. LAU Wong-fat

Reply:

$12.8 million has been earmarked for the special training programmes for trawler fishermen. Of this, $4
million was spent in 2011-12 and the remaining $8.8 million will be used in 2012-13. The programmes
aim to assist trawler fishermen to switch to sustainable fisheries operations. In 2012-13, the special training
programmes will include marine-based guided tours and aquaculture operations and will be implemented
through engaging non-governmental training institutions with the relevant knowledge and experience.




                                        Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                      Alan WONG

                                        Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                             Date:                     27 February 2012




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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  0270
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the work on safeguarding animal welfare, what are the expenditure and the number of staff on the
establishment involved for the coming year? Are there any plans to strengthen public education in this
regard?

Asked by: Hon. LAU Wong-fat

Reply:

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has been strengthening its effort in
promoting animal welfare in recent years. In 2012-13, eight officers on the establishment and $9.4 million
will be deployed to implement a number of new and enhanced measures in collaboration with the animal
welfare sector to safeguard and promote animal welfare in Hong Kong.

A dedicated team in AFCD has been tasked to devise and implement an enhanced education and publicity
programme to promote responsible pet ownership through various channels including announcements on TV
and radio, advertisements on public transportation, magazines and websites, different kinds of promotional
events, etc. We have also enhanced educational activities focusing on school children with a view to
cultivating the appropriate attitude towards animal welfare in young people. AFCD will regularly review
and revise the programme as necessary in order to ensure its maximum effectiveness and impact.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    29 February 2012




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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  0271
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What is the existing manpower for the inspection of premises and establishments where animals are kept for
exhibition or trading purposes? What is the total number of such premises and establishments?

Asked by: Hon. LAU Wong-fat

Reply:

A total of 23 officers in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) are
involved in the inspection of animal trading and exhibition premises and establishments as well as
the related enforcement and publicity activities, with a view to ensuring that holders of the
licences/permits comply with the licensing/permit conditions.

In 2011, the numbers of Animal Trading Licence, Exhibition Licence and Temporary Exhibition
Permit issued by AFCD are as follows:

                               Animal Trading                                           Temporary
    Calendar Year                                        Exhibition Licence
                                  Licence                                            Exhibition Permit

            2011                      458                         50                            21




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                      28 February 2012




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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                                Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                          Subhead:
                                                                                                       2182
        Conservation Department

Programme:                  (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:        Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:         Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please provide by species (e.g. cats, dogs, wild pigs etc) and in table form the number of stray animals
caught and handed over to the Department, and the number of animals eventually euthanised, re-homed and
returned to original owners.

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The number and species of stray animals caught and received (given up by owners, received through other
channels) by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, and the number of animals reclaimed
by owners, rehomed and euthanised in 2011 are listed as follows:

                                                                              Animals Received through
            Stray Animals Caught            Animals Given Up by Owners
                                                                                   other Channels
         Dogs      Cats          Others*     Dogs         Cats    Others*     Dogs     Cats      Others*
         5 800     3 557           331       2 403        244         107     1 445      267           956

        Animals Reclaimed by Owners                 Animals Rehomed               Animals Euthanised
         Dogs      Cats          Others*     Dogs         Cats    Others*     Dogs       Cats        Others*

         1 517        738          474        852         205         87      6 561     2 422          649


    *    Including small mammals (rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs and rats), pigs/cattle,
         poultry/birds etc.




                                            Signature:

                                 Name in block letters:                      Alan WONG

                                            Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                                 Date:                      28 February 2012



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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                    2183
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:
The Department has pledged to implement a “trap-neuter-vaccinate-return” programme. When will the
consultation with District Councils be completed and when is the programme expected to start officially?
What is the estimated cost per stray dog under this programme? Please give a breakdown of the
expenditure items.
Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan
Reply:
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), in collaboration with relevant animal
welfare organisations, has already identified three potential sites in Yuen Long, Sai Kung and Lamma Island
respectively for implementing the “Trap-Neuter-Return” (TNR) trial scheme. AFCD and the relevant
animal welfare organisations are now consulting the local community on the trial scheme, and will proceed
to seek support from the respective District Councils. An independent consultant will be engaged to
conduct a baseline survey on the number of stray dogs involved at the TNR sites. If the trial is
implemented, AFCD will commission an independent consultancy study to assess the effectiveness of the
trial scheme in reducing the stray dog population.

In 2012-13, an additional provision of $1.9 million will be allocated for the TNR trial scheme.      Details of
the estimated expenditure are as follows:
                                                                                         Amount
                                          Items                                    (for a 3-year trial)
                                                                                       ($ million)
    A    Independent Consultancy Study                                                     2.0
    B    Additional Staffing (including one Veterinary Officer and three Animal            3.5
         Health Inspectors to monitor the implementation of the trial scheme)
    C    Other Operational and Administrative Expenses                                        0.3
                                                                           Total              5.8

If the trial is launched, we will closely monitor its implementation and evaluate its effectiveness whilst
keeping relevant stakeholders posted of any developments.



                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                        1 March 2012


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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2184
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding animals caught and handed to the Department, will more resources be allocated in 2012-13 to (a)
keep them for a longer period of time; (b) set up re-homing centres under the Department; and (c) take other
measures, so that they will have more chances to be re-homed and live a longer life?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

Stray animals caught, given up by owners, and those received by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation
Department (AFCD) through other channels (such as seizure) usually stay at AFCD Animal Management
Centres (AMCs) for at least four days pending retrieval by their owners, if health conditions permit.
Unclaimed animals will be passed to animal welfare organisations (AWOs) partnered with AFCD for
rehoming if they are found to be healthy and of an acceptable temperament. In the past few years, AFCD
has been strengthening collaboration with and support to these AWOs in rehoming animals through (a)
inviting more AWOs to partner with AFCD in providing re-homing services; (b) providing free de-sexing
services for animals; (c) providing funding support to these AWOs to implement programmes relating to the
promotion of animal welfare and proper animal management, including animal rehoming; and (d) organising
educational and publicity events jointly with AWOs to promote adoption of animals. As a result, the
number of animals re-homed has increased from 758 in 2009 to 1 144 in 2011. Also, the average number
of days an animal stayed in AMCs increased from 6.6 days in 2009-10 to 7.6 days in 2011-12. We consider
it more appropriate to continue our efforts in promoting rehoming of animals through strengthening
collaboration with AWOs rather than setting up animal re-homing centres under AFCD.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    29 February 2012



                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
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                                                                                             FHB(FE)035
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2970
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What is the total expenditure involved in catching stray animals for the 3 financial years of 2009-10, 2010-
11 and 2011-12?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The actual expenditure on catching stray animals in 2009-10 and 2010-11 was $20.6 million and $21.3
million respectively. The estimated expenditure for 2011-12 is $22.0 million.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    22 February 2012




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                                                                                             FHB(FE)036
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2971
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What is the total expenditure involved in euthanasia of animals for the 3 financial years of 2009-10, 2010-11
and 2011-12?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The actual expenditure involved in the euthanasia of animals in 2009-10 and 2010-11 was $1.5 million and
$1.3 million respectively. The estimated expenditure in 2011-12 is $1.3 million.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     29 February 2012




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                                                                                             FHB(FE)037
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2972
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

In the 3 financial years of 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12, how many days would the Department keep the
stray animals caught before they were euthanised, and what was the average expenditure for euthanising
each dog or cat?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

Stray dogs and cats caught by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will usually
stay at AFCD Animal Management Centres for at least four days pending retrieval by their owners, if health
conditions permit. Unclaimed dogs and cats will be passed to animal welfare organisations collaborating
with AFCD for re-homing if they are found to be healthy and of an acceptable temperament. Only animals
which are assessed to be unsuitable for re-homing due to health or temperament reasons, or cannot be re-
homed by animal welfare organisations, will be euthanised.

In 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12, the average number of days that a stray animal was kept in an AFCD
facility before they were reclaimed, re-homed or euthanised, and the unit cost for euthanasia are as follows:

                                  Average Number of Days
              Financial Year                                       Unit Euthanasia Cost
                                    in AFCD Facilities
                 2009-10                      6.6                            $102
                 2010-11                      7.5                            $137
                 2011-12                      7.6                            $138




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    29 February 2012



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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2973
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

How is the re-homing of animals going in the 12 re-homing centres? How many animals has each
organisation received from AFCD? How many of these animals have been re-homed successfully?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has entered into partnership with 13
animal welfare organisations (AWOs) to provide animal rehoming service to members of the public. These
partners will select from AFCD’s available animal list those they will be able to arrange re-homing. The
breakdown by AWO and animal type is set out in Annex.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    28 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                                           Annex



                     Number of Animals Received from AFCD by AWOs for Rehoming


             Animal Welfare Organisation                   Dogs           Cats         Others*           Total

    1. Hong Kong Dog Rescue                                 650             0              0             650

    2. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to             101            147            15             263
       Animals

    3. Society for Abandoned Animals                        33             36              0              69

    4. Lifelong Animal Protection Charity                   57              4              0              61

    5. Hong Kong AlleyCat Watch                              0             18              0              18

    6. Other AWOs#                                          11              0             72              83

                           Total                            852            205            87             1 144



*     Including small mammals (rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rats), reptiles and birds.

#     These AWOs include Asian and Hong Kong Dachshund Society, Dr Rabbit, Lamma Animal Welfare
      Centre, Protection of Animals Lantau South, Sai Kung Stray Friends, Hong Kong Rabbit Society, Hong
      Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation and Hong Kong Rescue Puppies.




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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2974
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What is the respective total expenditure involved in providing inoculation and de-sexing services for dogs
and cats? What are the average costs of each inoculation and de-sexing treatment?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

In 2012-13, $2.4 million and $1 million have been earmarked for providing rabies vaccine inoculation and
de-sexing services for dogs and cats respectively. The average expenditure for inoculating and de-sexing
one animal is about $39 and $500 respectively. The significant decrease in the average expenditure for
providing de-sexing service for one animal from $1,000 in 2011-12 to $500 in 2012-13 is due to a lower
price tender received in the recent tender exercise.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                      28 February 2012




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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2975
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What was the total expenditure on the “trap-neuter-vaccinate-return” programme for cats for the 3 financial
years of 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The Cat Colony Care Programme (CCCP) is run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(SPCA). Every year, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) provides subvention
to SPCA to implement various animal welfare programmes. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, AFCD provided
SPCA with an annual subvention of $608,000, of which $200,000 was used to support CCCP. Following a
review jointly conducted by AFCD and SPCA, the profile mix of the animal welfare programmes to be
supported by the subvention in 2011-12 has been revised. While no more subvention on CCCP would be
given, new and enhanced collaborative programmes for dealing with animal cruelty cases, stray cattle
management, provision of clinical care for sick and injured animals associated with prosecution cases, and
training and educational activities related to the promotion of animal welfare and proper animal management
were included. The amount of subvention to SPCA in 2011-12 has been increased to $1 million as a result.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                         1 March 2012




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                                                                                             FHB(FE)041
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2976
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What are the details of strengthening enforcement of import control of animals by the Department in 2012-13?
What is the estimated expenditure involved?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

In 2012-13, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will continue to strengthen its
efforts to prevent illegal import of animals into Hong Kong. With the expansion of the Quarantine Detector
Dog Unit to eight dogs and eight handlers in 2011-12, AFCD can carry out more operations against illegal
import of animals at various boundary control points as well as at the Hong Kong International Airport.
Additional staff and provisions will also be provided for setting up AFCD inoculation and animal inspection
facilities at the new air cargo terminal, scheduled for commencing operation in early 2013, for providing
animal import control services. In addition, AFCD will step up the collation of intelligence regarding
smuggling of animals, and will continue with education and publicity effort to raise the awareness of the
general public on animal import and quarantine requirements. $6.7 million has been earmarked to
strengthen import control of animals in 2012-13.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    28 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)042
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                      Subhead:
                                                                                                  2977
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

In 2012-13, the Department will monitor the implementation of the code of practice for pig farming.      What
are the details and the estimated expenditure in this regard?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The Code of Practice for Pig Farming (CoP) is implemented by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation
Department (AFCD) as general guidelines for pig farm operation. It covers husbandry and farm
management, stock and visitor movement control, disease monitoring and control, waste treatment and
hygiene. In 2012-13, AFCD will continue to provide technical support and advice to farmers during
routine farm inspection. Training and workshops will be organised to assist farmers to comply with the
requirements in CoP.

There will not be any additional expenditure as this task will form part of AFCD’s ongoing efforts to
promote good farm management and husbandry practices.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title:     Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                       21 February 2012




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                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)043
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                     Subhead:
                                                                                                  2978
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

In 2012-13, the Department will tighten the control on the sources of dogs offered for sale in pet shops
through implementing the revised conditions of the Animal Trader Licence. What are the details and the
estimated expenditure in this regard?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The additional licensing conditions for animal traders were introduced in February 2010 to tighten the
control on the sources of dogs offered for sale. Since then, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation
Department has stepped up effort both in publishing the new arrangements and the inspection of licensed pet
shops to ensure their compliance. Enforcement actions would be taken against illegal animal trading
activities or breach of licensing conditions where appropriate. $4.9 million has been earmarked for this
activity in 2012-13 to continue with the above-mentioned strengthened efforts to tighten the control on the
sources of dogs offered for sale in pet shops.

In addition, we have been monitoring the latest development of the trade and are reviewing if enhanced
measures are required to address suspected illegal selling of animals by private breeders, especially those on
the Internet. We have also strengthened effort in monitoring relevant websites as well as advertisements on
magazines and newspapers, etc., with a view to identifying illegal animal trading cases, including those
pertaining to breeding of animals for sale in a commercial manner. Follow up investigation and
enforcement actions will be carried out where necessary.       $2 million (which includes resources for four
officers on the establishment) has been earmarked for the purpose in 2012-13.




                                        Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                      Alan WONG

                                        Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                             Date:                     29 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)044
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2979
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

In 2012-13, the Department will strengthen measures for stray animals management and promotion of
animal welfare. What are the details and the estimated expenditure in this regard?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

In 2012-13, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will continue its effort in
pursuing various enhanced measures to manage animals and promote animal welfare. These include (a)
implementing a strengthened education and publicity programme to promote animal welfare and responsible
pet ownership; (b) devising codes of practices for the proper trading and keeping of pets and other animals;
(c) stepping up enforcement actions against pet owners and traders in contravention of relevant animal laws;
(d) improving the handling of animal cruelty reports or complaints through the recently established Animal
Welfare Task Group comprising representatives of the relevant government departments and the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; (e) strengthening collaboration with and provision of technical and
financial support to animal welfare organisations in re-homing of animals and conducting activities relating
to animal welfare and management; (f) providing technical support and assistance to the relevant animal
welfare organisations in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the “Trap-
Neuter-Return” trial scheme for dogs; and (g) setting up a dedicated cattle team to implement a long term
strategy for the management of stray cattle population in collaboration with relevant animal welfare
organisations and local communities. Besides, AFCD will continue to explore further enhanced measures
for animal management and promotion of animal welfare.

An additional provision of $4.9 million, including resources for two time-limited posts, namely one Field
Officer II and one Field Assistant, will be allocated for the implementation of the above enhanced measures
in 2012-13.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                      29 February 2012



                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                          Reply Serial No.
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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                               Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                          Subhead:
                                                                                                      2980
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The Department will increase 20 posts in 2012-13.          What are their functions?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

Details of the 20 posts are as follows:

                                   Number            Annual staff
     Grade/rank of post                                                   Services to be provided/improved
                                   of post              cost
I.    Animal control
Field Officer I                        4             $4.1 million        To set up inoculation and animal
Field Officer II                       8                                  inspection facilities and provide the
Field Assistant                        4                                  related services at the new Cathay
                                      16                                  Pacific Air Cargo Terminal at the Hong
                                                                          Kong International Airport.
II. Veterinary Surgeons Board
Senior Executive Officer                  1          $1.2 million        To enhance the secretariat support to the
Executive Officer II                      1                               Veterinary Surgeons Board.
                                          2

III. Animal welfare
Field Officer II                          1          $0.4 million        To enhance management of stray animal
Field Assistant                           1                               population and combat animal cruelty
                                          2                               cases in order to raise the standard of
                                                                          animal welfare.
Total                                 20             $5.7 million



                                              Signature:

                             Name in block letters:                           Alan WONG

                                              Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                                  Date:                     29 February 2012


                                                                                  Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)046
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  2981
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

As estimated by the Department, an annual provision of $1 million was and will be given to the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Hong Kong) and animal welfare organisations respectively in 2011-12
and 2012-13. What are the objectives of the provision? Has the Department put in place a mechanism to
review whether the funding is used effectively?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has been in collaboration with the Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to implement various animal welfare and management
programmes. The annual subvention of $1 million for SPCA in 2011-12 and 2012-13 is to support SPCA
to implement stray animal control, de-sexing and animal rescue activities, as well as new and enhanced
collaborative programmes for dealing with animal cruelty cases, stray cattle management, provision of
clinical care for sick and injured animals associated with prosecution cases, and training and educational
activities related to the promotion of animal welfare and proper animal management.

Apart from SPCA, AFCD also collaborates with other animal welfare organisations (AWOs) to promote
animal welfare in Hong Kong. AWOs which have entered into partnership with AFCD for programmes to
promote animal welfare and manage animals may apply for government funding to facilitate implementation
of the related programmes such as animal rehoming, promotion of the neutering of pets as well as general
education and publicity activities. AFCD has earmarked $1 million per year in both 2011-12 and 2012-13
for this purpose.

The amount of funding for each AWO would be based on the estimated expenditure required for the
implementation of the programmes agreed between AFCD and the AWO concerned. In order to ensure the
proper and effective use of funding, AWOs receiving funding from the government must submit interim and
final reports as well as accounting documents for monitoring and evaluation purposes.



                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    29 February 2012




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                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                   Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)047
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                               0033
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding “requests for assistance handled” in 2010 and 2011 as set out in the Indicator “Government fresh
food wholesale markets”, what were the types of assistance requested?

Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

The types of assistance requested include maintenance and repair works, general leasing and rental payment
matters, dispute mediation and advice to tenants on how to comply with the Wholesale Market
Administrative Rules which govern aspects such as public order, traffic control and market cleanliness, etc.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    21 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)048
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead: 000 Operational
                                                                                                0034
        Conservation Department                                     expenses

Programme:

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

(a) In 2011-12 and 2012-13, an annual subvention of $1 million was and will be given to animal welfare
    organisations. Please give a list of the animal welfare organisations and the amount of annual
    subvention.

(b) Is it necessary for the subvented animal welfare organisations to submit financial reports and details of
    project implementation to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department so that the
    Department can effectively monitor the use of the subvention? If yes, what are the details? If not,
    what are the reasons?

Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

(a) The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) provides funding support to animal
    welfare organisations (AWOs) which have entered into partnership with AFCD to implement
    programmes relating to the promotion of animal welfare and proper animal management, such as
    animal rehoming, promoting the neutering of pets and education and publicity activities. AFCD has
    earmarked $1 million per year in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 for this purpose. The invitation for
    applications for 2011-12 started in September 2011 and AFCD is now processing the five applications
    from AWOs which were received in December 2011. Each application will be considered on its own
    merits.

(b) AWOs receiving funding support from the government must submit interim and final reports as well as
    accounting documents to show the progress, results and related expenses against the approved items for
    monitoring and evaluation purposes.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    29 February 2012


                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)049
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                     Subhead:
                                                                                                  0365
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the management of stray animals, please provide the following information:

(a)   On “stray animals caught”, please give the respective figures of those that were euthanised and re-
      homed over the past 3 years.

(b)   On the catching of stray animals, what were the actual expenditure for 2010-11, the revised expenditure
      for 2011-12, and the estimated expenditure for 2012-13?

(c)   In 2012-13, what is the estimated cost of each euthanasia procedure?

Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

(a)   The number of stray animals caught, given up by owners, and those received by the Agriculture,
      Fisheries and Conservation Department’s Animal Management Centres (AMCs) through other
      channels (such as seizure), as well as the number of such animals rehomed and euthanised in the past
      three years are at Annex.
(b) The actual expenditure on catching stray animals in 2010-11 was $21.3 million.             The estimated
    expenditure for 2011-12 and 2012-13 is $22.0 million and $22.8 million respectively.
(c)   The estimated cost of each euthanasia procedure in 2012-13 is $138.




                                        Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                        Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     29 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                                                                                     Annex

                Stray Animals Caught             Animals Given Up by          Animals Received through               Animals Rehomed         Animals Euthanised
Calendar                                              Owners                      other Channels
 Year
              Dogs       Cats     Others*      Dogs      Cats     Others*      Dogs      Cats     Others*      Dogs       Cats   Others*   Dogs    Cats    Others*

 2009         7 850     4 570      1 361       2 990      190        427       1 175      150        40         650       90       18      9 085   3 497     1 161

 2010         6 519     3 907       411        2 345      204        68        1 689      204        31         789       119      32      7 420   3 047     482

 2011         5 800     3 557       331        2 403      244        107       1 445      267        956        852       205      87      6 561   2 422     649



* Including small mammals (rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs and rats), pigs/cattle, poultry/birds, etc.




                                                                                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)050
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  0366
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is stated under “Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2012-13” that measures for stray animals
management and promotion of animal welfare will be strengthened. What are the details?

Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

In 2012-13, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will continue its effort in
pursuing various enhanced measures to manage animals and promote animal welfare. These include (a)
implementing a strengthened education and publicity programme to promote animal welfare and responsible
pet ownership; (b) devising codes of practices for the proper trading and keeping of pets and other animals;
(c) stepping up enforcement actions against pet owners and traders in contravention of relevant animal laws;
(d) improving the handling of animal cruelty reports or complaints through the recently established Animal
Welfare Task Group comprising representatives of the relevant government departments and the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; (e) strengthening collaboration with and provision of technical and
financial support to animal welfare organisations in re-homing of animals and conducting activities relating
to animal welfare and management; (f) providing technical support and assistance to the relevant animal
welfare organisations in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the “Trap-
Neuter-Return” trial scheme for dogs; and (g) setting up a dedicated cattle team to implement a long term
strategy for the management of stray cattle population in collaboration with relevant animal welfare
organisations and local communities. Besides, AFCD will continue to explore further enhanced measures
for animal management and promotion of animal welfare.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     28 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)051
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                        Subhead:
                                                                                                   0367
        Conservation Department

Programme:              (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:    Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is stated under “Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2012-13” that the enforcement of import control of
animals will be strengthened. Please list the numbers of illegally imported cats, dogs, birds and other
animals intercepted in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

The numbers of illegally imported animals intercepted and seized by the Agriculture, Fisheries and
Conservation Department in 2010 and 2011 are as follows:

    Calendar Year              Cats           Dogs           Birds         Other Animals*        Total

            2010                 3             24               7               1 484            1 518

            2011                 5             14            1 088              1 254            2 361

* Including turtles, snakes, lizards, rabbits, hedgehogs, squirrels and rats.




                                          Signature:

                             Name in block letters:                        Alan WONG

                                         Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                               Date:                     21 February 2012



                                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)052
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                   0368
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is stated under “Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2012-13” that the revised conditions of the Animal
Trader Licence will be implemented. Please list the numbers of prosecutions made in 2010-11 and 2011-12
against pet shops for selling dogs from unknown sources. How many were prosecuted successfully?
What are the penalties in general?

Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

Details of the prosecutions made in 2010 and 2011 against pet shops for selling dogs from unknown sources
are listed as follows:

                               Number of             Number of Successful
         Calendar Year                                                                  Fine ($)
                           Prosecutions Made            Prosecutions

             2010                   2                          2                   1,000 and 1,500

             2011                   1                          1                         2,000




                                        Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                        Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    21 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)053
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  0369
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services
Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health
Question:
It is stated by the Administration that there will be an additional provision for enhanced animal management
programmes. What was the revised estimate for the original animal management programmes for 2011-12?
What is the expenditure estimated for 2012-13 with such additional provision? It is also stated by the
Administration that there will be an increase of posts in this connection. Please list the number of posts
increased due to the enhanced animal management programmes and the post titles.
Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred
Reply:
The revised estimate for the original animal management programmes for 2011-12 is $76.3 million. These
programmes cover the following areas: (a) education and publicity; (b) regulation of animal trading,
boarding and exhibition premises and establishments; (c) management of stray and pet animals; (d)
prevention and control of outbreaks of rabies and other animal diseases; (e) promotion of animal welfare;
and (f) prevention of and enforcement against animal cruelty.
Apart from on-going activities under these programmes, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation
Department (AFCD) has been pursuing various enhanced measures to manage animals and promote animal
welfare. These include (a) implementing a strengthened education and publicity programme to promote
animal welfare and responsible pet ownership; (b) devising codes of practices for the proper trading and
keeping of pets and other animals; (c) stepping up enforcement actions against pet owners and traders in
contravention of relevant animal laws; (d) improving the handling of animal cruelty reports or complaints
through the recently established Animal Welfare Task Group comprising representatives of the relevant
government departments and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; (e) strengthening
collaboration with and provision of technical and financial support to animal welfare organisations in re-
homing of animals and conducting activities relating to animal welfare and management; (f) providing
technical support and assistance to the relevant animal welfare organisations in the implementation,
monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the “Trap-Neuter-Return” trial scheme for dogs; and (g)
setting up a dedicated cattle team to implement a long term strategy for the management of stray cattle
population in collaboration with relevant animal welfare organisations and local communities. Besides,
AFCD will continue to explore further enhanced measures for animal management and promotion of animal
welfare.
In 2012-13, an additional provision of $4.9 million, including resources for two time-limited posts, namely
one Field Officer II and one Field Assistant, will be allocated for the implementation of the above enhanced
measures.


                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     29 February 2012

                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)054
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                       Subhead:
                                                                                                   0642
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets
                       (2) Nature Conservation and Country Parks
                       (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health
                       Secretary for the Environment

Question:

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has stated that the number of non-directorate posts
would be increased by 31 to 2 032 posts as at 31 March 2013. Please inform this Committee of the nature
of work, ranks and salaries of these posts.

Asked by: Hon. SHEK Lai-him, Abraham

Reply:

Details of the 31 non-directorate posts are as follows:

                                   Number       Annual staff
      Grade/rank of post                                               Services to be provided/improved
                                   of posts        cost
I.    Animal control
Field Officer I                       4          $4.1 million         To set up inoculation and animal
Field Officer II                      8                                inspection facilities and provide the
Field Assistant                       4                                related services at the new Cathay
                                                                       Pacific Air Cargo Terminal at the Hong
                                      16
                                                                       Kong International Airport.
II.   Veterinary Surgeons Board
Senior Executive Officer               1         $1.2 million         To enhance the secretariat support to the
Executive Officer II                   1                               Veterinary Surgeons Board.
                                       2
III. Food safety
Field Officer I                        1         $1.0 million         To conduct radiation test with the Food
Field Officer II                       1                               Contamination Monitoring System and
Senior Field Assistant                 1                               perform data analysis. To enhance
                                                                       food safety of local crop produce
Fisheries Technical Officer II         1
                                                                       through inspection of local vegetable
Field Assistant                        2                               farms and provision of training
Workman I                             (3)*                             workshops for local farmers.
                                       3

* Number of posts to be deleted to offset part of the created posts.


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                                Number         Annual staff
     Grade/rank of post                                            Services to be provided/improved
                                of posts          cost
IV. Animal welfare
Field Officer II                   1           $0.4 million      To enhance management of stray animal
Field Assistant                    1                              population and combat animal cruelty
                                   2                              cases in order to raise the standard of
                                                                  animal welfare.
V.   Trawl ban
Fisheries Officer                  1           $1.1 million      To enforce the trawl ban, administer the
Fisheries Supervisor I             1                              one-off   assistance    scheme,     and
Fisheries Supervisor II            1                              implement a suite of fisheries
                                                                  management measures in Hong Kong
                                   3
                                                                  waters.
VI. Biodiversity conservation
Forestry Officer                   1           $1.3 million      To prepare and implement the
Field Officer II                   4                              Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and
                                   5                              Action Plan.

Total                              31          $9.1 million




                                        Signature:

                          Name in block letters:                        Alan WONG

                                       Post Title:    Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                      21 February 2012




                                                                          Session 18 FHB(FE)
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                                                                                                 FHB(FE)055
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                      Subhead: 000 Operational
                                                                                                      0458
        Conservation Department                                       expenses

Programme:

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the employment of “non-civil service contract (NCSC) staff”, please provide the following
information:

                                                                      2012-13          2011-12         2010-11
Number of NCSC staff                                                       ( )              ( )             ( )
Breakdown of posts taken up by NCSC staff
Salary expenditure for NCSC staff                                            (    )         (     )          (     )
Monthly salary range of NCSC staff
 $30,001 or above                                                           (    )         (     )          (     )
 $16,001 to $30,000                                                         (    )         (     )          (     )
 $8,001 to $16,000                                                          (    )         (     )          (     )
 $6,501 to $8,000                                                           (    )         (     )          (     )
 $5,001 to $6,500                                                           (    )         (     )          (     )
 $5,000 or below                                                            (    )         (     )          (     )
 Number of staff with monthly salary below $5,824                           (    )         (     )          (     )
 Number of staff with monthly salary between $5,824 and                     (    )         (     )          (     )
    $6,500
Length of service of NCSC staff
 5 years or above                                                           (    )         (     )          (     )
 3 to 5 years                                                               (    )         (     )          (     )
 1 to 3 years                                                               (    )         (     )          (     )
 less than 1 year                                                           (    )         (     )          (     )
Number of staff converted to civil servants                                  (    )         (     )          (     )
Number of staff failed to be converted to civil servants                     (    )         (     )          (     )
Percentage of NCSC staff in the total number of staff in the                 (    )         (     )          (     )
Department
Percentage of payment for NCSC staff in the total staff costs of             (    )         (     )          (     )
the Department
Number of staff with paid meal break                                         (    )          ( )           ( )
Number of staff without paid meal break                                      (    )          ( )           ( )
Number of staff on five-day week                                             (    )          ( )           ( )
Number of staff on six-day week                                              (    )          ( )           ( )
                                                                Figures in (      ) denote year-on-year changes




                                                                                 Session 18 FHB(FE)
Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

Details of the information are as follows:

                                                    2012-13              2011-12            2010-11
                                                                         (as at 31          (as at 31
                                                                     December 2011) December 2010)
Number of NCSC staff                                (Note 1)            294 (-3%)              304
Breakdown of posts taken up by NCSC staff      In this department, NCSC positions can broadly be
                                               categorised into four groups according to their job nature,
                                               namely professional support, technical support,
                                               administrative support and other services.
Salary expenditure for NCSC staff                   (Note 1)           $47,312,227        $43,328,734
                                                                          (+9%)
Monthly salary range of NCSC staff
 $30,001 or above                                                     23 (+360%)                5
 $16,001 to $30,000                                                    17 (-19%)               21
 $8,001 to $16,000                                                    254 (+48%)              172
 $6,501 to $8,000                                                           -                   -
 $5,001 to $6,500                                  (Note 1)                 -                 106
 $5,000 or below                                                            -                   -
 Number of staff with monthly salary
   below $5,824                                                              -                  -
 Number of staff with monthly salary
   between $5,824 and $6,500                                                 -                 106
Length of service of NCSC staff
• 5 years or above                                                     124 (-23%)             162
• 3 to 5 years                                      (Note 1)            9 (-47%)               17
• 1 to 3 years                                                         74 (+95%)               38
• less than 1 year                                                          87                 87
Number of staff converted to civil servants         (Note 1)            21 (-55%)             47
                                                                         (Note 2)           (Note 2)
Number of staff failed to be converted to
                                                    (Note 3)             (Note 3)           (Note 3)
civil servants
Percentage of NCSC staff in the total number
                                                    (Note 1)            16% (-6%)             17%
of staff in the Department
Percentage of payment for NCSC staff in the
                                                    (Note 1)               8%                  8%
total staff costs of the Department
Number of staff with paid meal break                (Note 4)               (Note 4)          (Note 4)
Number of staff without paid meal break             (Note 4)               (Note 4)          (Note 4)
Number of staff on five-day week                    (Note 1)             294 (-3%)              304
Number of staff on six-day week                        -                     -                   -
                                                               Figures in (   ) denote year-on-year changes




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
Note 1: Statistics for 2012-13 are not yet available as the number of NCSC staff varies from time to time in
        the light of changing service and operational needs.

Note 2: The statistics reflect NCSC staff who have successfully applied for civil service posts of the
        Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) only.

Note 3: Information is not available.

Note 4: NCSC staff in AFCD are remunerated on a monthly-rated package which includes pay, meal
        breaks, annual leave, etc. as set out in the terms of employment.




                                        Signature:

                           Name in block letters:                      Alan WONG

                                        Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     28 February 2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)056
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead: 000 Operational
                                                                                                    0483
        Conservation Department                                     expenses

Programme:

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the employment of “agency workers”, please provide the following information:

                                                                         2012-13   2011-12   2010-11
Number of contracts of engaging employment agencies                         (    )    (    )    (    )
Contract sum paid to each employment agency                                 (    )    (    )    (    )
Total amount of commission paid to each employment agency                   (    )    (    )    (    )
Length of contract for each employment agency                               (    )    (    )    (    )
Number of agency workers                                                    (    )    (    )    (    )
Breakdown of posts taken up by agency workers
Monthly salary range of agency workers
• $30,001 or above                                                           (    )      (      )          (   )
• $16,001 to $30,000                                                         (    )      (      )          (   )
• $8,001 to $16,000                                                          (    )      (      )          (   )
• $6,501 to $8,000                                                           (    )      (      )          (   )
• $5,001 to $6,500                                                           (    )      (      )          (   )
• $5,000 or below                                                            (    )      (      )          (   )
• Number of workers with monthly salary below $5,824                         (    )      (      )          (   )
• Number of workers with monthly salary between $5,824 and $6,500            (    )      (      )          (   )
Length of service of agency workers
• 5 years or above                                                           (    )      (      )          (   )
• 3 to 5 years                                                               (    )      (      )          (   )
• 1 to 3 years                                                               (    )      (      )          (   )
• less than 1 year                                                           (    )      (      )          (   )
Percentage of agency workers in the total number of staff                    (    )      (      )          (   )
in the Department
Percentage of payment for employment agencies in the                         (    )      (      )          (   )
total staff costs of the Department
Number of workers with paid meal break                                       (    )      (   )          (   )
Number of workers without paid meal break                                    (    )      (   )          (   )
Number of workers on five-day week                                           (    )      (   )          (   )
Number of workers on six-day week                                            (    )      (   )          (   )
                                                          Figures in (       ) denote year-on-year     changes




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

Details of the information are as follows:

                                                                  2012-13        2011-12          2010-11
                                                                                 (as at 10        (as at 28
                                                                                 February         February
                                                                                   2012)           2011)
Number of contracts of engaging employment agencies                                  8                5
                                                                                  (+60%)
Contract sum paid to each employment agency                                    $0.04 to $0.5     $0.3 to $0.4
                                                                                  million          million
                                                                                  (-23%
                                                                               on average )
Total amount of commission paid to each employment
                                                                  (Note 1)       (Note 2)          (Note 2)
agency
Length of contract for each employment agency                                  8 to 9 months 9 to 12 months
Number of agency workers                                                             42               14
                                                                                  (+200%)
Breakdown of posts taken up by agency workers                                 The workers mainly provide
                                                                              general and / or clerical support
                                                                              services.
Monthly salary range of agency workers
• $30,001 or above
• $16,001 to $30,000
• $8,001 to $16,000
• $6,501 to $8,000
                                                                  (Note 3)       (Note 3)          (Note 4)
• $5,001 to $6,500
• $5,000 or below
• Number of workers with monthly salary below $5,824
• Number of workers with monthly salary between $5,824
    and $6,500
Length of service of agency workers
• 5 years or above
• 3 to 5 years                                                    (Note 5)       (Note 5)          (Note 5)
• 1 to 3 years
• less than 1 year
Percentage of agency workers in the total number of staff in                       2%                1%
the Department                                                    (Note 1)       (+100%)
Percentage of payment for employment agencies in the
                                                                                   0.3%             0.3%
total staff costs of the Department
Number of workers with paid meal break
                                                                  (Note 2)       (Note 2)          (Note 2)
Number of workers without paid meal break
Number of workers on five-day week
Number of workers on six-day week
                                                               Figures in (   ) denote year-on-year changes




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Note 1:   Statistics for 2012-13 are not yet available as the requirements vary from time to time in the light
          of changing service and operational needs.

Note 2:   Relevant information is not specified in the contract and hence not available.

Note 3:   With the implementation of statutory minimum wage (SMW) on 1 May 2011, contractors are
          required to pay their employees at not less than the SMW rate plus one paid rest day for every
          period of seven days or the average monthly wages for the relevant industry/occupation as
          published in the Census and Statistics Department’s Quarterly Report of Wage and Payroll
          Statistics for December 2010, whichever is higher. The exact wages of workers vary, depending
          on the numbers of working days and working hours of the workers specified in the contracts.

Note 4:   While the exact wages of workers were not specified in the contract, contractors were required to
          pay their employees a wage not less than the latest wage level of similar industries published in
          the Census and Statistics Department’s Quarterly Report of Wage and Payroll Statistics at the
          time the quotation was invited.

Note 5:   Under the contract, agencies may arrange any of their employees who meet the basic
          requirements specified in the contract to perform the required service. They may also arrange
          replacement workers during the contract period. Hence, the relevant information is not available.




                                       Signature:

                           Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     28 February 2012




                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)057
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead: 000 Operational
                                                                                                     0508
        Conservation Department                                     expenses

Programme:

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the employment of “outsourced workers”, please provide the following information:

                                                                            2012-13     2011-12        2010-11
Number of outsourced service contracts                                         (    )      (    )         (    )
Total amount paid to outsourced service providers                              (    )      (     )          (   )
Length of contract for each outsourced service provider                        (    )      (     )          (   )
Number of workers engaged through outsourced service providers                 (    )      (     )          (   )
Breakdown of posts taken up by outsourced workers (e.g. customer
service, property management, security, cleansing and information
technology)
Monthly salary range of outsourced workers
• $30,001 or above                                                             (    )      (     )          (   )
• $16,001 to $30,000                                                           (    )      (     )          (   )
• $8,001 to $16,000                                                            (    )      (     )          (   )
• $6,501 to $8,000                                                             (    )      (     )          (   )
• $5,001 to $6,500                                                             (    )      (     )          (   )
• $5,000 or below                                                              (    )      (     )          (   )
• Number of workers with monthly salary below $5,824                           (    )      (     )          (   )
• Number of workers with monthly salary between $5,824 and                     (    )      (     )          (   )
    $6,500
Length of service of outsourced workers
• 5 years or above                                                             (    )      (     )          (   )
• 3 to 5 years                                                                 (    )      (     )          (   )
• 1 to 3 years                                                                 (    )      (     )          (   )
• less than 1 year                                                             (    )      (     )          (   )
Percentage of outsourced workers in the total number of staff in the           (    )      (     )          (   )
Department
Percentage of payment for outsourced service providers in the total            (    )      (     )          (   )
staff costs of the Department
Number of workers with paid meal break                                          (   )      (   )      (   )
Number of workers without paid meal break                                       (   )      (   )      (   )
Number of workers on five-day week                                              (   )      (   )      (   )
Number of workers on six-day week                                               (   )      (   )      (   )
                                                             Figures in (     ) denote year-on-year changes




                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

Details of the information are as follows:

                                                       2012-13           2011-12           2010-11
                                                                         (as at 10         (as at 28
                                                                        February        February 2011)
                                                                          2012)
Number of outsourced service contracts                                      28                17
                                                                         (+65%)
Total amount paid to outsourced service providers                     $18.3 million      $13.3 million
                                                                         (+38%)
Length of contract for each outsourced service         (Note 1)      6 to 36 months    12 to 24 months
provider
Number of workers engaged through outsourced                               235
                                                                                            202
service providers                                                        (+16%)
Breakdown of posts taken up by outsourced workers                    The workers are mainly deployed
(e.g. customer service, property management,                         to carry out cleaning and security
security, cleansing and information technology)                      services.
Monthly salary range of outsourced workers
• $30,001 or above
• $16,001 to $30,000
• $8,001 to $16,000
• $6,501 to $8,000
• $5,001 to $6,500
                                                       (Note 2)           (Note 2)         (Note 3)
• $5,000 or below
• Number of workers with monthly salary below
    $5,824
• Number of workers with monthly salary between
    $5,824 and $6,500
Length of service of outsourced workers
• 5 years or above
• 3 to 5 years                                         (Note 4)           (Note 4)         (Note 4)
• 1 to 3 years
• less than 1 year
Percentage of outsourced workers in the total
                                                       (Note 1)            11%               11%
number of staff in the Department
Percentage of payment for outsourced service                               2.9%
                                                                                             2.3%
providers in the total staff costs of the Department                      (+26%)
Number of workers with paid meal break
Number of workers without paid meal break              (Note 5)           (Note 5)         (Note 5)
Number of workers on five-day week
Number of workers on six-day week
                                                           Figures in (   ) denote year-on-year changes




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
Note 1: Statistics for 2012-13 are not yet available as the requirements vary from time to time in the light of
        changing service and operational needs.

Note 2: With the implementation of statutory minimum wage (SMW) on 1 May 2011, contractors are
        required to pay their employees at not less than the SMW rate plus one paid rest day for every
        period of seven days or the average monthly wages for the relevant industry/occupation as
        published in the Census and Statistics Department’s Quarterly Report of Wage and Payroll
        Statistics for December 2010, whichever is higher. The exact wages of workers vary, depending
        on the numbers of working days and working hours of the workers specified in the contracts.

Note 3: While the exact wages of workers were not specified in the contract, contractors were required to
        pay their employees a wage not less than the latest wage level of similar industries published in the
        Census and Statistics Department’s Quarterly Report of Wage and Payroll Statistics at the time the
        quotation was invited.

Note 4: Under the contract, contractors may arrange any of their employees who meet the basic
        requirements specified in the contract to perform the required service. They may also arrange
        replacement workers during the contract period. Hence, the relevant information is not available.

Note 5: Relevant information is not specified in the contract and hence not available.




                                        Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                      Alan WONG

                                        Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                             Date:                     28 February 2012




                                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)058
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                             Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                        Subhead:
                                                                                                    2956
        Conservation Department

Programme:              (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:    Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

On “strengthening measures for stray animals management and promotion of animal welfare”, please advise
on the following:

(a)   What are the details of the measures?

(b)   What is the estimated expenditure involved?

(c)   Please set out the numbers of stray cattle in various districts in the past 5 years.

(d)   The Administration has mentioned that it would look into the implementation of the “Trap-Neuter-
      Return” Pilot Scheme on Lantau Island in order to manage and control the growth in the number of
      stray cattle there. In this regard, what is the progress of the Scheme? What is the actual expenditure
      involved? Has the Administration formulated any indicators for measuring the effectiveness of the
      Scheme? If yes, what are the indicators and actual outcome? If not, what are the reasons?

Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

(a)   In 2012-13, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will continue its effort in
      pursuing various enhanced measures to manage animals and promote animal welfare. These include
      (a) implementing a strengthened education and publicity programme to promote animal welfare and
      responsible pet ownership; (b) devising codes of practices for the proper trading and keeping of pets
      and other animals; (c) stepping up enforcement actions against pet owners and traders in contravention
      of relevant animal laws; (d) improving the handling of animal cruelty reports or complaints through the
      recently established Animal Welfare Task Group comprising representatives of the relevant government
      departments and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; (e) strengthening collaboration
      with and provision of technical and financial support to animal welfare organisations in re-homing of
      animals and conducting activities relating to animal welfare and management; (f) providing technical
      support and assistance to the relevant animal welfare organisations in the implementation, monitoring
      and evaluation of the effectiveness of the “Trap-Neuter-Return” (TNR) trial scheme for dogs; and (g)
      setting up a dedicated cattle team to implement a long term strategy for the management of stray cattle
      population in collaboration with relevant animal welfare organisations and local communities.
      Besides, AFCD will continue to explore further enhanced measures for animal management and
      promotion of animal welfare.

(b)   An additional provision of $4.9 million, including resources for two time-limited posts, namely one
      Field Officer II and one Field Assistant, will be allocated for the implementation of the above enhanced
      measures in 2012-13.



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(c)   According to a survey conducted by AFCD in 2008, there were around 1 000 stray cattle in the rural
      areas of Hong Kong and their distribution is shown in the table below. In order to obtain more
      updated and comprehensive data on the number and distribution of stray cattle in Hong Kong, AFCD
      has recently commissioned a consultant to conduct a territory-wide population survey of stray cattle.
      The survey findings will facilitate the Department in devising suitable measures for better managing
      the stray cattle population in Hong Kong.

                                         Estimated Number of Stray Cattle (Head)
                                                       Northeast        Northwest
                     Lantau Island       Sai Kung        New               New                  Total
                                                      Territories      Territories
           Brown           200              190           250               260                  900
           Buffalo         80                0                 0                 50              130
            Total          280              190               250               310             1 030


(d) AFCD has been collaborating with the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other interested
    animal welfare organisations to implement a “Trap-Neuter-Relocation” pilot programme for stray cattle
    in Lantau and Sai Kung with a view to controlling the growth of the stray cattle population there in the
    long run. This will help minimise the nuisance and potential danger to the public while at the same
    time safeguarding the welfare of the cattle. In 2011, a total of 37 cattle/buffalo, including 14 from
    Lantau Island, were neutered and released to suitable locations. We will closely monitor the
    effectiveness of the pilot programme and make necessary adjustment to the programme where
    appropriate. A total of $3.1 million will be allocated in 2012-13 for managing stray cattle in Hong
    Kong.




                                       Signature:

                           Name in block letters:                     Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                    29 February 2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)059
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                0973
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What is the Administration’s plan in terms of technical support, standard certification and sales promotion
for organic farming in 2012? How much manpower is deployed and what is estimated expenditure
involved?

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

The manpower deployed and the estimated expenditure involved in promoting organic farming in 2011-12
are 16 staff and $7.1 million respectively. A similar level of manpower and expenditure will be required in
2012-13. Relevant work planned for 2012 includes continued provision of technical assistance to local
farmers under the Organic Farming Support Service Scheme, joint effort with the Vegetable Marketing
Organization and the Federation of Vegetable Marketing Cooperative Societies in promoting the production
and marketing of local organic produce, and rendering support to the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre
for the promotion of organic education and certification.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     22 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)060
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                      Subhead:
                                                                                                  1483
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is mentioned that the Administration plans to ban trawling in Hong Kong waters completely starting 31
December 2012. Please advise the Committee on:

(a)   the progress in processing the related assistance, including all ex-gratia allowances, one-off grants for
      local deckhands, and registrations for voluntary buy-out of trawlers;

(b)   the estimated provision and manpower involved in the preparation for the trawl ban in Hong Kong
      waters and related matters (including grants to affected fishermen)?

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

(a)   Following the approval from the Finance Committee in June 2011 for the creation of a new
      commitment for the one-off assistance package to trawler vessel owners, local deckhands and fish
      collector owners affected by the trawl ban and other related measures, an interdepartmental working
      group (IWG) was set up in August 2011 to handle all matters relating to applications received under the
      one-off assistance scheme. The IWG briefed affected fishermen in major homeports on the scheme in
      November 2011, and has started receiving applications for ex-gratia allowance from owners of trawlers
      and inspecting trawlers in relation to the applications since December 2011. Over 1 000 applications
      have been received by the end of the application period on 29 February 2012.

(b)   $1,199.7 million and 17 staff comprising one Fisheries Management Officer, ten Field Inspectors, two
      Field Assistants, one Executive Manager, two Executive Assistants and one Clerical Supervisor have
      been earmarked in 2012-13 for implementing the trawl ban and related measures.




                                        Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                         Alan WONG

                                        Post Title:     Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                             Date:                        29 February 2012



                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)061
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  1484
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out the numbers of pig farms and chicken farms currently in operation, as well as their sizes and
distribution. What is the licensed rearing capacity of each farm?

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

The numbers of pig and chicken farms currently in operation are 43 and 30 respectively.     The licensed area,
licensed rearing capacity and distribution of each farm are shown in the attached table.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                      28 February 2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
              Table: Area, rearing capacity and distribution of licensed livestock farms



                                                   Pig Farm

     Licensed Area     Licensed                                  Licensed Area      Licensed
                                       District                                                      District
          (m2)       Capacity (Nos.)                                  (m2)        Capacity (Nos.)
 1        691.19            500         North              25        1 612.44          1 000        Yuen Long

 2      1 611.16            950          North             26        2 960.03          3 500        Yuen Long

 3      2 407.85           2 000         North             27        1 327.53          1 000        Yuen Long

 4      4 953.09           4 000         North             28        2 100.65          2 000        Yuen Long

 5        557.91            800          North             29        3 699.22          1 800        Yuen Long

 6      1 280.91            600          North             30        6 345.66          6 000        Yuen Long

 7      4 248.04           3 000       Yuen Long           31        4 524.78          2 600        Yuen Long

 8        388.79            350        Sai Kung            32        3 458.94          2 500        Yuen Long

 9        706.90           1 000       Yuen Long           33        1 374.87          1 200        Yuen Long

10      1 142.90            600        Yuen Long           34        1 239.02          1 500           North

11      5 085.70           1 500       Yuen Long           35        2 860.03          1 500        Yuen Long

12      3 130.14           1 500       Yuen Long           36         556.96            250            North

13        938.49            850        Yuen Long           37        1 392.30          1 990        Yuen Long

14      1 864.27            600        Yuen Long           38         626.82            450         Yuen Long

15      2 594.17           2 000       Yuen Long           39        1 923.26          1 500        Yuen Long

16      3 914.32           3 000       Yuen Long           40        7 108.62          4 000        Yuen Long

17      2 640.33           2 600       Yuen Long           41        4 106.13          3 000        Yuen Long

18      2 601.06           2 000       Yuen Long           42        3 205.77          2 000        Yuen Long

19      2 146.27           1 600       Yuen Long           43        1 180.97          1 200        Yuen Long

20        384.65            300        Yuen Long        Total:     101 172.07         74 640

21      2 006.52           1 000       Yuen Long

22      1 725.58           1 900       Yuen Long

23        838.59           1 500       Yuen Long

24      1 709.24           1 500       Yuen Long




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                                            Chicken Farm


      Licensed Area     Licensed                               Licensed Area     Licensed
                                         District                                                District
           (m2)       Capacity (Nos.)                               (m2)       Capacity (Nos.)

 1         433.41          10 000        Tuen Mun       25        1 137.70           48 000      Yuen Long

 2         708.10          18 000          North        26         873.34            27 000        North

 3       2 597.37          50 000        Yuen Long      27        1 610.01           26 000      Yuen Long

 4         387.23          10 000        Yuen Long      28        1 655.73           36 000      Yuen Long

 5         648.36          20 000        Yuen Long      29        1 250.84           42 000      Yuen Long

 6         723.86          19 900        Yuen Long      30        1 067.54           31 000      Yuen Long

 7         974.59          20 000        Yuen Long    Total:     58 672.14        1 300 500

 8         569.30          25 000        Yuen Long

 9         682.16          19 000        Yuen Long

10        2632.84          35 000        Yuen Long

 11        775.26          20 000        Yuen Long

12       1 336.34          39 000        Yuen Long

13       2 004.75          41 000        Yuen Long

14       4 518.98          48 000          North

15       4 604.03         102 000        Yuen Long

16      3 226.20         108 000        Yuen Long

17        948.17          18 000        Yuen Long

18      2 623.25          70 000        Yuen Long

19       2 944.67          62 800        Yuen Long

20       1 568.95          38 500          North

21         682.62          26 000        Yuen Long

22       9 091.32         162 300        Yuen Long

23       4 831.83          80 000        Yuen Long

24       1 563.39          48 000        Yuen Long




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                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                     Subhead:
                                                                                                   1812
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding matters on stray animals, please provide the following information:

(a) Please set out the respective number of stray animals caught in the past 3 years (i.e. 2009-10 to 2011-12)
     by species and the methods employed by the Government to handle stray animals; and

(b) Please set out the details of the enhanced animal management programmes.              What is the estimated
    decrease in the number of stray animals after implementing the programmes?

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

(a)   The number and species of stray animals caught by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation
      Department (AFCD) in 2009, 2010 and 2011 are as follows:

                                                        Stray Animals Caught
                       Calendar Year
                                                Dogs            Cats            Others*
                            2009                7 850          4 570             1 361
                            2010                6 519          3 907             411
                            2011                5 800          3 557             331

         * Including small mammals (rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs and rats), pigs/cattle,
           poultry/birds, etc.

      If health conditions permit, stray dogs and cats caught by AFCD will usually stay at an AFCD Animal
      Management Centre for at least four days, pending retrieval by their owners. Unclaimed dogs and
      cats will be passed to animal welfare organisations collaborating with AFCD for re-homing if they are
      found to be healthy and of an acceptable temperament. Only animals which are assessed to be
      unsuitable for re-homing due to health or temperament reasons, or cannot be re-homed by animal
      welfare organisations, will be euthanised.

      Stray cattle caught by AFCD will also be kept in AFCD animal holding facilities and the public will be
      notified by gazette. If the cattle are not claimed by their owners within seven days of notice, suitable
      arrangements will be made for the cattle, including releasing to a suitable location if the cattle is
      healthy and of an acceptable temperament, or disposal by euthanasia if the animal is considered not
      suitable for release on health or other considerations. In addition, AFCD has introduced a “Trap-
      Neuter-Relocation”pilot programme for stray cattle in Lantau and Sai Kung and commissioned a


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      territory-wide population survey of stray cattle with a view to better managing the stray cattle
      population in the long run. A new dedicated cattle team has recently been established to implement
      the new stray cattle management strategy and to respond to related complaints in a timely manner.

(b)   In 2012-13, AFCD will continue its effort in pursuing various enhanced measures to manage animals
      and promote animal welfare. These include (a) implementing a strengthened education and publicity
      programme to promote animal welfare and responsible pet ownership; (b) devising codes of practices
      for the proper trading and keeping of pets and other animals; (c) stepping up enforcement actions
      against pet owners and traders in contravention of relevant animal laws; (d) improving the handling of
      animal cruelty reports or complaints through the recently established Animal Welfare Task Group
      comprising representatives of the relevant government departments and the Society for the Prevention
      of Cruelty to Animals; (e) strengthening collaboration with and provision of technical and financial
      support to animal welfare organisations in re-homing of animals and conducting activities relating to
      animal welfare and management; (f) providing technical support and assistance to the relevant animal
      welfare organisations in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the
      “Trap-Neuter-Return” trial scheme for dogs; and (g) setting up a dedicated cattle team to implement a
      long term strategy for the management of stray cattle population in collaboration with relevant animal
      welfare organisations and local communities. Besides, AFCD will continue to explore further
      enhanced measures for animal management and promotion of animal welfare.

      An additional provision of $4.9 million, including resources for two time-limited posts, namely one
      Field Officer II and one Field Assistant, will be allocated for the implementation of the above enhanced
      measures in 2012-13.

      As a result of the concerted effort of AFCD and animal welfare organisations, there has been a modest
      decrease in the number of stray animals caught in the last few years. We expect this trend to continue
      following the implementation of the above measures.




                                        Signature:

                             Name in block letters:                      Alan WONG

                                        Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                             Date:                      29 February 2012




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                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                                  Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                           Subhead:
                                                                                                         1813
        Conservation Department

Programme:               (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:     Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out the number and species of animals without quarantine that were imported illegally for sale in
the past 2 years (i.e. 2010-11 and 2011-12). How were these animals imported?

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

The number of illegally imported animals seized by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
in 2010 and 2011 is as follows:

                       Dogs                    Cats                Birds          Other Animals*               Total
 Calendar
   Year              Boundary        Boundary        Boundary         Boundary        Boundary
             Airport Control Airport Control Airport Control  Airport Control Airport Control
                     Points          Points          Points           Points          Points

    2010        1             23           0          3        1           6      1 465      19        1 467       51

    2011        3             11           0          5        0       1 088      1 231      23        1 234      1 127

     * Including turtles, snakes, lizards, rabbits, hedgehogs, squirrels and rats.




                                               Signature:

                                   Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                               Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                                   Date:                       28 February 2012




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Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                1908
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What is the financial position of the Fisheries Development Loan Fund under the Agriculture, Fisheries and
Conservation Department in 2011 and what is the current balance? How many applications did the Fund
receive in 2011? How many loans were granted? Please give an account of the loan amount, interest,
purpose of loan, and terms of loan involved.

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

As at end 2011, the Fisheries Development Loan Fund had 24 outstanding loans involving a total of $73.9
million issued and an amount of $8.7 million to be repaid by borrowers, and an amount of $279.1 million
was available for application. No applications for new loans were received in 2011.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                           Alan WONG

                                       Post Title:     Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                        28 February 2012




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                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                1909
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (1) Agriculture, Fisheries and Fresh Food Wholesale Markets

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What is the financial position of the Fish Marketing Organization Loan Fund under the Fish Marketing
Organization in 2011 and what is the current balance? How many applications did the Fund receive in
2011? How many loans were granted? Please give an account of the loan amount, interest, purpose of
loan, and terms of loan involved.

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

As at end 2011, the Fish Marketing Organization Loan Fund (FMOLF) had 779 outstanding loans involving
a total of $89.6 million issued and an amount of $67.9 million to be repaid by borrowers, and an amount of
$75.1 million was available for application.

In 2011, the loan fund received 665 applications, of which 664 applications with a total loan amount of $74.0
million were approved. Among the approved cases, 659 loans amounting to $73.1 million were issued
under the Fishing Moratorium Loan Scheme of FMOLF to assist affected fishermen to tide over the fishing
moratorium and to prepare for resumption of fishing after the moratorium. The interest rate for such loans
was 2% per annum. The remaining five loans, amounting to $0.9 million, were issued as general loan
under FMOLF to fishermen for the repair or replacement of fishing vessel, gear and equipment, and the
interest rate was 2.83% per annum.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                           Alan WONG

                                       Post Title:     Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                        29 February 2012




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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
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                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                      Subhead:
                                                                                                   1910
        Conservation Department

Programme:              (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:    Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the work of dead bird carcasses processing, please provide the following information:

(a) the number of reports received in each of the past 3 years (i.e. 2009-10 to 2011-12) regarding the
    discovery of dead bird carcasses; and

(b) the respective number of dead bird carcasses collected by the Department and samples of such carcasses
    tested in each of the past 3 years, as well as the results of such tests.

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

(a) The number of reports received regarding the discovery of bird carcasses for the past 3 years is as
    follows:

                  Calendar Year                         Number of reports received
                      2009                                       15 503
                      2010                                        9 141
                      2011                                       10 617

(b) The number of bird carcasses collected and tested, and the test results for the past 3 years are as follows:

                                                                                           Number of
                                       Number of bird            Number of bird
            Calendar Year                                                                carcasses tested
                                      carcasses collected        carcasses tested
                                                                                         positive of H5N1
                 2009                       13 933                     8 673                    17
                 2010                       8 467                      5 248                     2
                 2011                       9 804                      5 508                    10




                                        Signature:

                             Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                        Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                             Date:                      28 February 2012


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                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 22 Agriculture, Fisheries and                    Subhead:
                                                                                                  1911
        Conservation Department

Programme:             (3) Animal, Plant and Fisheries Regulation and Technical Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

In 2012-13, what are the Administration’s estimated provision and manpower for the publicity and
prevention of avian flu?

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

The estimated expenditure in 2012-13 for the monitoring, prevention and control of avian influenza as well
as related publicity work is $38 million. A total of 43 officers in the Agriculture, Fisheries and
Conservation Department are involved in this area of work.




                                       Signature:

                            Name in block letters:                       Alan WONG

                                       Post Title: Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

                                            Date:                     29 February 2012




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                          INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
                                                                                                    0196

Head:    48 Government Laboratory                         Subhead (No. & title):

Programme:               (1) Statutory Testing

Controlling Officer:     Government Chemist

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health


Question:

What was the expenditure of the Food Safety Laboratory in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12? What is the
current staff establishment? What are the estimated expenditure and manpower in 2012-13?



Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-Yan, Tommy

Reply:

The expenditure of the Food Safety Laboratory (FSL) under the Government Laboratory was $23 million for
2009-10 and $25 million for 2010-11. The estimated expenditure for 2011-12 is $29 million. The current
staff establishment of the FSL consists of 30 professional and technical officers. The estimated expenditure
for 2012-13 is $33 million with no change in staff establishment.




                                                         Signature:

                                            Name in block letters:          Dr LAU Chau-ming

                                                         Post Title:       Government Chemist

                                                              Date:                29.2.2012




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                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 48 Government Laboratory               Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  0197

Programme:               (1) Statutory Testing

Controlling Officer:     Government Chemist

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

With respect to the outsourcing of some of the routine food testing work to the commercial sector, please
provide the following information:

(a)   the scope of food testing and the number of samples outsourced in the past two years (i.e. 2009-10 to
      2010-11) and the expected to be outsourced in 2011-2012 and 2012-13, as well as the respective ratio
      of outsourcing for these years.

(b)   the expenditure incurred in the past two years (i.e. 2009-10 to 2010-11) and the estimated expenditure
      to be incurred in 2011-12 and 2012-13 for the outsourcing of food testing.

(c)   Apart from new outsourced items, the cost of testing after outsourcing of the routine testing items in
      the past two years (i.e. 2009-10 to 2010-11) and the estimated cost of testing after outsourcing in 2011-
      2012 and 2012-13.

(d)   the manpower and expenditure involved for supervising and spot-checking the outsourcing work in
      2010-11 and the estimated manpower and expenditure for such purposes in 2011-12.



Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

(a) The actual number of samples outsourced in 2009-10 and 2010-11 was 7 400 and 12 000 respectively.
    Estimated number for 2011-12 and 2012-13 is 12 800 and 13 000 respectively. The required
    information is provided in the table below:

                       Number of food Outsourced Food Tests/ Scope of outsourcing
                       tests (number of Government Laboratory’s
                       samples involved) Routine Food Testing
                                         Work

2009-10                79 000              50%                           sulphur dioxide, preservatives, trace
                       (7 400 samples)                                   metals, pesticide residues




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                    Number of food Outsourced Food Tests/ Scope of outsourcing
                    tests (number of Government Laboratory’s
                    samples involved) Routine Food Testing
                                      Work

2010-11             107 000              70%                            preservatives, sulphur dioxide, boric
                    (12 000 samples)                                    acid, propionic acid, nitrate and
                                                                        nitrite, colouring matter, trace
                                                                        metals, pesticide residues, veterinary
                                                                        drugs     residues,     other     food
                                                                        contaminants
2011-12             115 000              70%                            preservatives, sulphur dioxide, boric
                    (12 800 samples)                                    acid, propionic acid, nitrate and
                                                                        nitrite, colouring matter, trace
                                                                        metals, pesticide residues, veterinary
                                                                        drugs     residues,     other     food
                                                                        contaminants
2012-13             119 000              70%                            preservatives, sulphur dioxide, boric
                    (13 000 samples)                                    acid, propionic acid, nitrate and
                                                                        nitrite, colouring matter, trace
                                                                        metals, pesticide residues, veterinary
                                                                        drugs     residues,     other     food
                                                                        contaminants


(b) The actual expenditure on outsourcing of food testing involved in 2009-10 and 2010-11 was $7 million
    and $9 million respectively. Estimated expenditure for 2011-12 and 2012-13 is $12 million.



(c) The testing cost per sample varies considerably, depending on the test parameter involved and hence the
    degree of complexity. The average percentage reduction in testing cost per sample was about 30 %
    since the commencement of the outsourcing exercise in 2008-09 due to competition among private
    laboratories.



(d) The Outsourcing Management Section was established in 2009-10 to perform outsourcing related
    activities including contract management and monitoring the performance of the contract laboratories.
    The Section consists of seven professional and technical staff with annual expenditure of $4.1 million for
    2010-11 and an estimated expenditure of $4.4 million for 2011-12.




                                                        Signature

                                            Name in block letters          Dr LAU Chau-ming

                                                        Post Title        Government Chemist

                                                             Date               29.2.2012



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                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 48 Government Laboratory             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   0200

Programme:             (1) Statutory Testing

Controlling Officer:   Government Chemist

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

What is the respective number of food samples tested for regulatory compliance in each of the past three
years (i.e. from 2009 to 2011) and the anticipated number for 2012?



Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

The number of food tests (with the corresponding number of food samples in bracket) for regulatory
compliance purposes conducted by the Government Laboratory for 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the estimated
number for 2012 are as follows:


            2009                       2010                            2011                       2012

      175 761 tests                209 214 tests                  191 697 tests               175 000 tests
    (29 294 samples)             (30 640 samples)               (30 053 samples)          (30 000 samples)




                                                          Signature

                                               Name in block letters          Dr LAU Chau-ming

                                                          Post Title          Government Chemist

                                                               Date                1.3.2012




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                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 48 - Government Laboratory           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                0792

Programme:             (1) Statutory Testing

Controlling Officer:   Government Chemist

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health



Question:

What is the number of private testing laboratories that undertook / will undertake outsourced food testing
work in 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively?



Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

In 2011-12, four local private laboratories were granted contracts for outsourced food testing work. In 2012-
13, the Government Laboratory will continue to conduct tender exercises to invite interested private testing
laboratories to bid the outsourcing contracts for food testing work.




                                                          Signature

                                               Name in block letters      Dr LAU Chau-ming

                                                          Post Title      Government Chemist

                                                               Date            29.2.2012




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                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 48 - Government Laboratory           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                 0793

Programme:             (1) Statutory Testing

Controlling Officer:   Government Chemist

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health



Question:

As regards the outsourcing of food testing work to private testing laboratories, what is the total expenditure
to be involved in 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively?



Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

The estimated expenditure on outsourcing of food testing to be involved in 2011-12 and 2012-13 is $12
million.




                                                          Signature

                                               Name in block letters       Dr LAU Chau-ming

                                                          Post Title      Government Chemist

                                                               Date              1.3.2012




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                                                                                             Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    0180
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out in tabular form the location of public columbarium facilities under construction and planning,
the number of niches to be provided, the construction costs, the work progress, the estimated completion
dates and the service operators.

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya

Reply:

Details about the public columbarium facilities under construction are set out as follows:

         Location           No. of Niches to      Estimated Cost      Work Progress/             Service
                             be Provided            ($ million)        Estimated                Operator
                                                                       Completion
                                                                          Date
 Wo Hop Shek                     43 710                629.5           On schedule for        Food and
 Cemetery*                                                              completion in         Environmental
                                                                          mid 2012            Hygiene
                                                                                              Department

 Diamond Hill                     1 540                 0.76           On schedule for        Food and
 Columbarium                                                            completion in         Environmental
                                                                         early 2012           Hygiene
                                                                                              Department

 Cheung Chau                       990                 10.76             Construction         Food and
 Cemetery                                                                 works will          Environmental
                                                                        commence in           Hygiene
                                                                        early 2013 for        Department
                                                                        completion by
                                                                       the end of 2013

*A Garden of Remembrance will also be constructed under the project.


To increase the supply of public niches, the Administration has been promoting the district-based
columbarium development scheme and has identified 24 potential sites in 18 districts in Hong Kong for
columbarium development. The above-mentioned sites in the Diamond Hill Columbarium and Cheung
Chau Cemetery are two of the 24 potential sites. The Administration is conducting feasibility studies on


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the remaining sites and will consult the relevant District Councils before the sites are confirmed for
development.




                                                    Signature

                                         Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                           Director of
                                                    Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                         Date              29.2.2012
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                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                 0181
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

For the various cremation and burial facilities, including public cemeteries, crematoria and columbaria,
under the management of the Department, please set out in tabular form the annual handling capacity of each
crematorium as well as the number of allocated and unallocated burial spaces / niches at each public
cemetery and columbarium, and the respective number of applicants on the waiting list for the above
facilities at present.

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows -

(a)   The number of cremation sessions provided by each crematorium in 2011 was:




                                                             No. of Cremation Sessions
               Name of Crematorium
                                                                 Provided in 2011

               Cape Collinson                                          14 514
               Diamond Hill                                             9 048
               Kwai Chung                                               8 193
               Fu Shan                                                  7 090
               Cheung Chau                                              2 086
              Wo Hop Shek (Note 1)                                        0
               Total :                                                 40 931


      Note 1: Closed since June 2009 for reprovisioning work.         Staff are re-deployed to work in other
              crematoria to provide additional sessions.




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(b)   The number of allocated and unallocated burial spaces at each public cemetery as at 31.12.2011 were
      as follows:

                                No. of coffin burial spaces                         No. of urn burial spaces
Name of
Cemetery
                       Allocated        Unallocated        Total         Allocated         Unallocated     Total

Wo Hop Shek              6 267             3 091           9 358             83 068          40 669       123 737

Sandy Ridge              2 919             2 091           5 010             31 836           6 063        37 899

Cheung Chau               617               643            1 260             12 066           1 396        13 462

Tai O                     100               320               420              94              180             274

Lai Chi Yuen              142               134               276             214              118             332

Diamond Hill
                            -                 -                -             52 778             -          52 778
Urn Cemetery

      Total:             10 045            6 279          16 324             180 056         48 426       228 482



There is no waiting list as unallocated burial spaces are still available.
(c)   The total number of niches, the number of niches for re-allocation, the number of unallocated niches,
      and the number of applicants on the waiting list for re-allocated niches as at 31.12.2011 were:

                                                                       No. of        No. of applicants on
Name of                  Total no. of      No. of niches for
                                                                     unallocated     the waiting list for
Columbaria                 niches           re-allocation
                                                                       niches        re-allocated niches

Cape Collinson              61 615                 19                     -                   3 425

Diamond Hill                61 811                 18                     -                   7 823

Wo Hop Shek                 22 290                 12                     -                   2 226

Fu Shan                      9 625                 6                      -                   773

Kwai Chung                   9 276                 10                     -                   3 039

Cheung Chau                  2 335                 3                    172                     -

Lamma                         490                  5                    424                     -

Peng Chau                     490                  2                    194                     -

       Total:              167 932                 75                   790




                                                        Signature

                                           Name in block letters              Clement LEUNG

                                                                               Director of
                                                        Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                             Date               29.2.2012
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                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   0579
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is stated that the Department will “take forward plans and projects to provide more crematorium and
columbarium facilities”. Please advise on the details of the plans / projects and the estimated expenditure
involved.

Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya

Reply:

On public crematorium facilities, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) is
upgrading the cremators by phases to increase their handling capacity. The Wo Hop Shek Crematorium is
being reprovisioned at an estimated cost of $686.3 million for constructing six cremators and other ancillary
facilities. The project is scheduled for completion in mid 2012. The reprovisioning of the Cape Collinson
Crematorium to provide for ten new cremators and other ancillary facilities, at an estimated cost of $696.3
million, is also underway for completion in two phases in mid 2012 and late 2014 respectively. With the
completion of these two reprovisioning projects, the number of scheduled cremation sessions per annum will
be increased by 31.3% from 40 200 in 2011 to 52 800.

On public columbarium facilities, the construction of a new public columbarium with 43 710 niches and a
Garden of Remembrance in the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery, at an estimated cost of $629.5 million, is underway
for completion in mid 2012. The Department is also constructing 1 540 new niches in the Diamond Hill
Columbarium at an estimated cost of $0.76 million, and will construct 990 new niches in the Cheung Chau
Cemetery at an estimated cost of $10.76 million in 2013. The construction works in Diamond Hill
Columbarium will be completed in early 2012 whereas the construction works in Cheung Chau Cemetery
will be completed in late 2013. To increase the supply of public niches, the Administration has been
promoting the district-based columbarium development scheme and has identified 24 potential sites in 18
districts in Hong Kong for columbarium development. The above-mentioned sites in the Diamond Hill
Columbarium and Cheung Chau Cemetery are two of the 24 potential sites. The Administration is
conducting feasibility studies on the remaining sites and will consult the relevant District Councils before the
sites are confirmed for development.




                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date                29.2.2012

                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)076
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   0184
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the number of liquor licence applications received and appeals lodged, the average time
taken for processing an application and listing an appeal for hearing, as well as the success rate of appeals in
2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows -

                         Year                                 2009               2010               2011

 Number of applications for issue of new liquor                874               956                930
 licence (including club liquor licence)

 Average time taken for processing an application            38 days           37 days            33 days

 Number of appeals lodged with Municipal Services              14                 13                 14
 Appeals Board (MSAB)

 Average time taken for listing an appeal for hearing        67 days           41 days            62 days

 Success rate of appeals (i.e. appeals allowed by             50%                23%                38%
 MSAB)




                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                 Director of
                                                         Post Title    Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date                29.2.2012
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)077
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                0185
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the average time taken for processing a restaurant licence application and a provisional
restaurant licence application in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

In 2009 to 2011, the average processing time for issuing a full restaurant licence was 168, 166 and 167
working days respectively, while that for issuing a provisional restaurant licence was 42 working days in
both 2009 and 2010, and 57Note working days in 2011.

(Note : Since 2011, the Buildings Department has implemented a Minor Works Control System in food
business licence applications whereby applicants are required to submit copies of minor works certificates to
the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department before provisional restaurant licences are issued. The
additional requirement has resulted in longer processing time.)




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                            Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                    FHB(FE)078
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                               Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                        0186
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out in tabular form the number of applications by restaurant licensees for outside seating
accommodation and the average time taken for processing an application in 2009, 2010 and 2011
respectively. Please also list the respective number of applications rejected, appeals lodged and
applications withdrawn in each of the above three years.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

                       Year                         2009                       2010                    2011
  Number of applications for outside
                                                         88                      73                     76
  seating accommodation
  Average time taken for processing an
                                                  11 months                  17 months              14 months
  application Note
  Number of applications approved                        23                      32                     23
  Number of applications rejected                        31                      17                     19
  Number of applications
                                                         34                      18                     41
  withdrawn/abandoned
  Number of appeals lodged                               0                       0                       0

(Note: The processing time for an application is contingent upon the time spent by the applicant in
complying with the relevant licensing requirements, settling objections raised by the public or other
departments concerned and addressing relevant land issues, if any, which varies from case to case.)



                                                              Signature

                                             Name in block letters                Clement LEUNG

                                                                                     Director of
                                                              Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                                   Date                29.2.2012


                                                                                     Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)079
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                0187
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the number of applications for revision of layout plans submitted by restaurant licensees
and the number of applications approved in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively. Please also advise on the
manpower and expenditure required for processing these applications.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, there were 569, 639 and 795 applications respectively for alteration to the approved
layout of licensed restaurants. The corresponding number of approvals was 749Note, 520 and 629.
Applications for alteration to the approved layout of licensed restaurants are handled by the three licensing
offices and 19 district environmental hygiene offices as part of their licensing-related duties. There is no
separate breakdown of the manpower and expenditure involved in handling such applications.

(Note: Alteration applications received in one year may be carried forward with the processing completed in
subsequent year(s). The fact that more approval cases were recorded for 2009 than the applications
received in the same year is because the number of applications approved in 2009 included the number of
applications received in and before 2009.)




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)080
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                       Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               0188
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the number of applications for transfer of restaurant licences, the average time taken for
processing an application as well as the number of applications withdrawn in 2009, 2010 and 2011
respectively.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, there were 701, 766 and 618 applications respectively for transfer of restaurant
licences, of which 5, 17 and 5 were withdrawn respectively. The average time for processing the
applications in 2009, 2010 and 2011 was 44, 40 and 41 working days respectively.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date              29.2.2012




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)081
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                 0189
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the number of appeal cases against food business licence suspension in 2011, and the
number of cases allowed. Of the appeal cases against licence suspension, what was the average, longest
and shortest period of suspension?

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

In 2011, there were 35 appeal cases against food business licence suspension, of which 30 cases were heard,
three withdrawn and two cases are pending hearing. Of the cases heard, the licence of eight cases were
suspended by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) for 14 days and 22 cases
for seven days. The Licensing Appeals Board (LIAB) upheld the Department’s suspension decision in 20
cases, shortened the suspension period in five cases, and has yet to rule on the remaining five cases. For the
25 cases with ruling made by LIAB, the average suspension period after appeal was eight days, with the
longest period being 14 days and the shortest three.




                                                        Signature

                                            Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                               Director of
                                                        Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                             Date                1.3.2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)082
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                       Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               0190
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out in tabular form the number of fixed pitch hawkers and vacant pitches, as well as the vacancy
rate of fixed pitches in each of the 18 districts in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

The information sought is provided at Annex.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               1.3.2012




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Annex

                                                               Vacancy Rate of On-street Hawker Fixed Pitches
                                                                    (other than Cooked Food Hawkers)
                                              2009                                                   2010                                                    2011
                                        (as at 31.12.2009)                                     (as at 31.12.2010)                                      (as at 31.12.2011)
        District
                      No. of Occupied     No. of Vacant      Vacancy Rate    No. of Occupied     No. of Vacant      Vacancy Rate    No. of Occcupied     No. of Vacant      Vacancy Rate
                       Fixed Pitches        Pitches*                          Fixed Pitches        Pitches*                          Fixed Pitches         Pitches*
                            (a)                (b)           ((b)/(a)+(b))         (a)                (b)           ((b)/(a)+(b))         (a)                 (b)           ((b)/(a)+(b))
Central & Western           665                89                12%              675                  0                0%                664                  0                0%
Eastern                     486                62                11%              477                  0                0%                470                  0                0%
Southern                     34                 6                15%               34                  0                0%                34                   0                0%
Wan Chai                    480                25                5%               474                  0                0%                472                  0                0%
Islands                      1                  0                0%                1                   0                0%                 1                   0                0%
Yau Tsim Mong              2 602               18               0.7%             2 599                 8               0.3%              2 563                 0                0%
Sham Shui Po               1 019               376               27%             1 127                 0                0%               1 111                 0                0%
Kowloon City                122                105               46%              184                 25                12%               132                  0                0%
Wong Tai Sin                 25                18                42%               22                  0                0%                20                   0                0%
Kwun Tong                    95                 0                0%                90                  0                0%                85                   0                0%
Kwai Tsing                   18                 0                0%                17                  0                0%                16                   0                0%
Tsuen Wan                    25                 0                0%                22                  6                21%               21                   0                0%
Tuen Mum                     8                  0                0%                8                   0                0%                 8                   0                0%
Yuen Long                    24                 0                0%                21                  2                9%                19                   0                0%
North                        8                  0                0%                8                   0                0%                 8                   0                0%
Tai Po                       11                 0                0%                11                  0                0%                 8                   0                0%
Sha Tin                      3                  0                0%                3                   0                0%                 3                   0                0%
Sai Kung                     3                  0                0%                3                   0                0%                 3                   0                0%
           Total           5 629               699              11%              5 776                41               0.7%              5 638                 0                0%


* The figures have excluded fixed pitches frozen for purposes such as anticipated resiting commitments and planned deletion.



                                                                                                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)083
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                       Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               0191
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the number of Mainland processing plants supplying chilled pork to Hong Kong, the total
quantity of import, the average import price of chilled pork and the number of inspection conducted to the
Mainland chilled pork processing plants in each of the past three years (i.e. from 2009 to 2011).



Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

In 2009 – 2011, the number of Mainland processing plants approved for supplying chilled pork to Hong
Kong was four, four and five respectively. The quantity of Mainland chilled pork imported into Hong
Kong was about 15 500 tonnes, 18 300 tonnes and 16 600 tonnes respectively.

According to the Census and Statistics Department, the average import price of Mainland chilled pork in
2009 – 2011 was $12.6, $13.2 and $13.5 per catty respectively.

The number of inspections to Mainland chilled pork processing plants in 2009 – 2011 was five, four and five
respectively.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date              29.2.2012




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)084
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                       Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               0192
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out in tabular form the number of live poultry stalls in operation in each of the public markets
under the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:



The information sought is provided at Annex.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date              29.2.2012




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                              Annex



                                            Number of
Serial
         Name of Market               live poultry stalls as at
 No.
                                     end-2010         end-2011

  1.     Aberdeen Market                1                1

  2.     Bowrington Road Market         1                1

  3.     Causeway Bay Market             2               2

  4.     Chai Wan Market                 2               2

  5.     Fa Yuen Street Market           1               1

  6.     Heung Che Street Market         1               1

  7.     Hung Hom Market                2                2

  8.     Java Road Market                3               3

  9.     Kowloon City Market             2               2

 10.     Kwun Chung Market              2                2

 11.     Lai Wan Market                  1               1

 12.     Lockhart Road Market            3               3

 13.     Luen Wo Hui Market             2                2

 14.     Ngau Chi Wan Market             1               1

 15.     Ngau Tau Kok Market             3               3

 16.     North Kwai Chung Market         1               1

 17.     Pei Ho Street Market            5               5

 18.     Po On Road Market              3                3

 19.     Quarry Bay Market              1                1

 20.     San Hui Market                 2                2

 21.     Sha Tin Market                 2                2

 22.     Shek Wu Hui Market             2                2

 23.     Sheung Fung Street Market      1                1

 24.     Sheung Wan Market               7               7


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25.   Shui Wo Street Market                1              1

26.   Tai Kiu Market                       2              2

27.   Tai Kok Tsui Market                  1              1

28.   Tai Po Hui Market                    5              5

29.   Tai Shing Street Market              2              2

30.   Tai Wai Market                       2              2

31.   Tang Lung Chau Market                1              1

32.   To Kwa Wan Market                    1              1

33.   Tsuen Wan Market                     3              3

34.   Tung Chau Street Temporary Market    4              4

35.   Tung Yick Market                     3              3

36.   Wing Fong Street Market              1              1

37.   Yan Oi Market                        2              2

38.   Yau Ma Tei Market                    2              2

39.   Yeung Uk Road Market                 5              5

      Total:                              86             86




                                          Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)085
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   0193
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please list by farm types the number of Mainland farms exporting food animals to Hong Kong and the
number of inspections conducted to these farms in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Please advise on the
estimated number of inspections to be conducted in 2012, as well as the expenditure and manpower required
for 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

The type and number of registered Mainland farms exporting live food animals to Hong Kong in 2010 and
2011 are tabulated as follows-

                          Poultry                                                    Aquatic Food Animal
                                     Pig Farms     Cattle Farms       Goat Farms
                          Farms                                                             Farms
  No. of Registered
                            89          298                75             5                   60
   Farms in 2010
  No. of Registered
                            63          244                34             2                   61
   Farms in 2011

In 2010 and 2011, a total of 53 and 52 Mainland farms were inspected respectively. For 2012, 50 farm
inspections are planned. The breakdown of farms inspected in 2010 and 2011 by type is tabulated as
follows-

                         Poultry
                                     Pig Farms         Cattle Farms           Aquatic Food Animal Farms
                         Farms
 No. of Inspections
                           41            8                      3                        1
      in 2010
 No. of Inspections
                           31            12                     5                        4
      in 2011




                                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
Farm inspections are carried out by inspection teams comprising veterinary officers, field officers and
research officers. The actual expenditure on Mainland and overseas farm inspections in 2010-11 was $6.0
million while the estimated expenditure in 2011-12 is about $6.6 million.




                                                    Signature

                                         Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                           Director of
                                                    Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                         Date              29.2.2012




                                                                        Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)086
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                0194
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Under the registration system for Mainland fresh water fish farms for supply to Hong Kong, please advise on
the number of fish farms inspected / to be inspected and inspection visits made / to be made, as well as the
expenditure and manpower required in each of the past three years (i.e. from 2009 to 2011) and in 2012
respectively.



Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

The Centre for Food Safety has an inspection team comprising three veterinary officers, eight field officers
and one research officer, which is responsible for the inspection of food animal farms and fish farms outside
Hong Kong. The team inspected 12, 18 and 18 Mainland fish farms in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively,
and plans to inspect 18 farms in 2012. The inspections of fish farms in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 cost
$0.5 million, $0.6 million and $0.6 million respectively. The estimated expenditure for 2012-13 is about
$0.6 million.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)087
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                0195
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the usage rate of the on-line Licence Application Tracking Facility (ATF) in respect of food
business licences in each of the past three years (i.e. from 2009 to 2011), and the usage rate of the on-line
licence services for applications for liquor licences since the introduction of the Liquor Licence Processing
System on 1 August 2010.

Please also advise on the estimated system development and operation costs required for extending the
on-line licence application services to food business licence or other relevant endorsement applications, and
the time frame for extending the services.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

In 2009, 2010 and 2011, 59%, 58% and 51% respectively of the applicants for food business-related licences
/ their authorised persons made use of the on-line Application Tracking Facility (ATF) system to monitor the
progress of their applications. In 2010 and 2011, 31% and 30% respectively of liquor and club liquor
licence applicants or their authorised persons made use of on-line services on the Liquor Licence Processing
System. We are in the process of extending the on-line licence application services to food business
licences, which will be rolled out in early 2013 tentatively. The system development work is taken up by
the in-house IT Division of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. There is no breakdown on
the expenditure involved.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)088
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                      Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               0199
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the financial provision and manpower involved in conducting food surveillance by the
Centre for Food Safety in each of the past three years (i.e. from 2009-10 to 2011-12) and the estimated
provision and manpower required for 2012-13.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

The actual expenditure on food surveillance in 2009-10 and 2010-11 was $48.7 million and $51.4 million
respectively. Estimated expenditure for 2011-12 and 2012-13 is $54.4 million and $56.1 million
respectively.

The manpower establishment of the Centre for Food Safety in carrying out the above work in 2009-10,
2010-11, 2011-12 was 99, 102 and 110 respectively, and the estimated manpower provision for 2012-13 is
115.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date              29.2.2012




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
                         Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                 FHB(FE)089
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                             Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                      0201
      Hygiene Department

Programme:                (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:      Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:       Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

With regard to the stalls in public markets (excluding cooked food markets) under the Food and
Environmental Hygiene Department, please provide data on the following as at 31 December 2010 and
31 December 2011:

(a)     number of stalls let out;
(b)     number of vacant stalls;
(c)     total number of stalls;
(d)     vacancy rate;
(e)     highest stall rental;
(f)     lowest stall rental;
(g)     average stall rental; and
(h)     median rent.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:
The data sought are as follows –
                                                                     Position as at
                                                     31.12.2010                 31.12.2011
   1.            Number of stalls let out            11 821                     12 212
   2.            Number of vacant stalls             2 274 (including           1 754 (including
                                                     1 062 stalls frozen)#      871 stalls frozen)#
   3.            Total number of stalls              14 095                     13 966
   4.            Vacancy rate                        16.13%                     12.56%
   5.            Highest monthly stall rental        $65,350                    $65,350
   6.            Lowest monthly stall rental         $10.34                     $10.34
   7.            Average monthly stall rental        $2,819.28                  $2,791.86
   8.            Median monthly rent                 $1,810                     $1,800

      # In those markets which will be closed shortly, and those which will undergo stall consolidation or
        improvement works, vacant stalls are frozen so that they would not be let out.


                                                           Signature

                                                Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                  Director of
                                                           Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                                Date                29.2.2012

                                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                         Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)090
                        CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                            INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  0221
      Hygiene Department

Programme:                (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:      Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:       Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

With regard to enhancing law enforcement at hawker areas with fixed pitches to ensure compliance and to
contain obstruction and fire safety risk in 2012-13, please provide details, including the specific measures to
be taken, the manpower arrangement and the expenditure required.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

In the wake of the fire at the hawker stalls at Fa Yuen Street on 30 November last year, the Food and
Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) has strengthened law enforcement actions against
non-compliance with the relevant legislation and licensing conditions in all hawker areas with a large
number of hawker stalls. Such actions are targeted at the following irregularities to reduce fire risks posed
by hawker stalls:

(1) stall canopies made of or covered with combustible materials;

(2) overnight storage of goods outside the approved stall areas;

(3) obstruction of passageways; and

(4) stall subletting.

The Department will deploy its existing staff to undertake enhanced enforcement actions.




                                                          Signature

                                              Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                 Director of
                                                          Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                               Date              29.2.2012




                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)091
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  0222
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

With regard to enhancing the viability of public markets by improving management, upgrading facilities,
providing a more flexible mix of trade, and carrying out promotional activities in 2012-13, please provide
details, including the specific measures to be taken, the manpower arrangement and the expenditure required.
Please also advise on whether specific markets will be given priority in implementing these measures and the
timetable for taking forward these measures.

Asked by: Hon. CHEUNG Yu-yan, Tommy

Reply:

In 2012-13, in addition to regular and daily management of markets, the Food and Environmental Hygiene
Department (the Department) will carry out improvement works in five markets, namely, Hung Shui Kiu
Temporary Market, On Ching Road Flower Market, Tai Wai Market, Tsuen King Circuit Market and
Cheung Chau Market. The estimated cost of these improvement works is $32.08 million. The works
include upgrading of fire services facilities, provision of barrier free access, improvement of ventilation,
drainage and lighting systems, and refurbishment of toilets. The improvement works for Hung Shui Kiu
Temporary Market, On Ching Road Flower Market and Tsuen King Circuit Market are tentatively scheduled
for completion by early 2013, and those for Tai Wai Market and Cheung Chau Market are under planning.

At the same time, as an on-going initiative, the Department will continue to conduct promotional activities to
attract patronage in its public markets. These include festive celebration activities, thematic exhibitions and
workshops, display of multi-language recipes as well as publication of booklets and quarterly newsletters to
provide updated market information. The estimated cost of these promotional activities is $4 million.

The Department will continue to let out vacant stalls at reduced upset auction prices and introduce more
service trade stalls to enhance the occupancy rates of public markets.




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The above measures will be undertaken by existing staff.   No additional manpower and resources will be
required.




                                                     Signature

                                         Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                            Director of
                                                     Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                           Date             29.2.2012




                                                                         Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)092
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                 1402
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the reasons why the estimated expenditure per tonne of refuse collected in 2012 is higher
than that in 2011, and whether there are any plans in 2012-13 to enhance recycling and recovery so as to
reduce the estimated expenditure involved.

Asked by: Hon. EU Yuet-mee, Audrey

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a)      Waste collection service is provided by both in-house and contractor staff. The increase in recurrent
         expenditure per tonne of refuse collected from $198 in 2010-11 to an estimate of $208 in 2011-12 is
         mainly due to the increase in service contract prices and reduction in volume of refuse collected.

(b)      In 2012-13, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) will continue to
         support the Waste Reduction Framework Plan (1998-2007) and the Policy Framework for the
         Management of Municipal Solid Waste (2005-2014) of the Environmental Protection Department in
         reducing and recycling domestic waste generated and in enhancing public awareness of the need to
         preserve the environment. The Department will continue to closely monitor and review the
         collection frequencies and the number of recyclable collection points set up in public places.




                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date               1.3.2012




                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                                                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                                                         FHB(FE)093
                           CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                               INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                                                                    Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental                                Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                                                               1675
      Hygiene Department

Programme:                       (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:             Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:              Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

(a)       In respect of the work on “ensuring pre-packaged food for sale is properly labelled”, please advise on
          the quantities of imported and locally produced pre-packaged food products, methods of label
          checking of such products, as well as the manpower and expenditure involved for 2011-12.

(b)       Regarding the indicator for labels checked by the Department, the actual number for the current year
          is 55 180. Please advise on the types of food products subjected to label checking in the same year.
          Please also advise on the types and quantities of food products in non-compliant cases of labelling in
          the previous year.

(c)       Please advise on the details of the Department’s effort to “continue to strengthen the promotional
          activities on nutrition labelling”, and the expenditure involved.

Asked by: Hon. FANG Kang, Vincent

Reply:

(a)       According to the surveys conducted by an independent consultant commissioned by the Centre for
          Food Safety (CFS) from October 2009 to January 2010 and in March 2010, it was estimated that there
          were a total of 73 000 prepackaged food products, including both imported and locally produced ones,
          in the market that would be regulated by the Nutrition Labelling Scheme.

          All prepackaged foods in Hong Kong must comply with the general food labelling1 and nutrition
          labelling requirements2 as laid down in the Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) Regulations
          (Cap. 132W). CFS conducts visual inspection and chemical analysis to ascertain whether the labels
          comply with the relevant requirements. A team of 12 persons consisting of health inspectors and
          supporting staff is responsible for inspections and enforcement actions in respect of the relevant
          labelling requirements in 2011-12. The total annual salary of the 12 posts for 2011-12 is about $ 5.24
          million.

(b)       In 2011, 55 180 prepackaged food products were checked. They included bakery and cereal
          products (6 282), snacks (6 494), dairy products (6 297), drinks (6 444), aquatic products (5 910),
          meat products (6 095), prepackaged fruits and vegetables (5 891), sauces (6 265) and others (5 502).

1
    In terms of general food labelling, prepackaged foods are required to be legibly marked or labelled with the following information in either
    English or Chinese language or in both languages, namely:(i) name of food, (ii) list of ingredients including allergen declaration, (iii) indication of
    “best before” or “use by” date, (iv) statement of special condition for storage or instructions for use, (v) name and address of manufacturer or
    packer, and (vi) count, weight or volume.
2
    In terms of nutrition labelling, the Nutrition Labelling Scheme requires all prepackaged foods to label the content of energy plus seven nutrients,
    namely: (i) protein, (ii) carbohydrates, (iii) total fat, (iv) saturated fat, (v) trans fat, (vi) sodium and (vii) sugars, as well as any nutrient for which a
    claim is made, and regulates nutrition claims.




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      In 2010, there were 162 non-compliant cases (including 66 cases in breach of the general labelling
      and 96 cases in breach of the nutrition labelling requirements) covering food items consisting of
      sauces (15), drinks (16), snacks (36), bakery and cereal products (19) and others (76).

(c)   Since the passage of the Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) (Amendment: Requirements
      for Nutrition Labelling and Nutrition Claim) Regulation 2008 by the Legislative Council in mid-2008,
      CFS had launched a three-year Publicity and Education Campaign on promoting nutrition labelling,
      implemented in three phases :

      (1)   to raise public awareness in Phase I (June 2008 – July 2009);

      (2)   to enhance understanding in Phase II (August 2009 – June 2010); and

      (3)   to motivate behavioural changes in Phase III (July 2010 – June 2011).

      To sustain the efforts, CFS has launched another two-year enhanced education and publicity
      programme on nutrition labelling since July 2011. CFS will continue to work with the education
      sector and community organisations in promoting the use of nutrition information on the labels among
      the general public and students through the following programmes -

      (i)   during the academic year 2010/11, CFS and the Education Bureau jointly organised the “Live
            it, Use it” Nutrition Labelling Promotion Award Scheme (the Award Scheme). Under the
            Award Scheme, a total of 35 teams from 21 secondary schools involving 256 students took part
            in various creative activities. An award presentation ceremony cum Food Safety Day was held in
            July 2011. The Award Scheme for the academic year 2011/12 has started since September 2011;
            and

      (ii) building on the model of the Award Scheme, another scheme targeting at users of community
           organisations service, namely the “Live it, Use it” Nutrition Labelling Fun Shopping Award
           Scheme, supported by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, has been launched since
           December 2011.

      To promote the wider application of the nutrition information in our daily life, CFS has also launched
      a mobile application “Nutrition Calculator” (“NuCal”) in October 2011. With “NuCal”, one can set
      up a personal database on food items for recording nutrition information of their favourite
      prepackaged food items. The estimated level of nutrient intake can be worked out by inputting the
      amount of food consumed. Users may then compare it with the upper limit of the daily intake and
      make necessary adjustments as appropriate. As at 15 February 2012, “NuCal” had recorded about
      28 000 downloads.

      The above promotion work is undertaken by existing staff and the expenditure cannot be separately
      identified.


                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               1.3.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)094
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  1676
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

(a)      In 2011-12, a total of 120 738 raids were conducted by Hawker Control Teams (HCT) of the
         Department. Please advise on the ten locations with the highest number of HCT operations, the
         number of prosecutions initiated, as well as the amount of fines imposed in the past year.

(b)      The Department plans to “enhance law enforcement at hawker areas with fixed pitches” in 2012-13.
         In this connection, please advise on the details of such plans, the target locations and the estimated
         number of inspections.

Asked by: Hon. FANG Kang, Vincent

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows-

(a) Raiding operations are planned by Hawker Control Teams (HCT) having regard to the prevailing
    situation in the districts. The frequency of raids and actual locations where enforcement actions are
    taken would vary from time to time. In 2011, 35 280 prosecutions were instituted by HCT and the
    level of fines imposed by the court ranged from $100 to $4,000.

(b) In the wake of the fire at the hawker stalls at Fa Yuen Street on 30 November last year, the Food and
    Environmental Hygiene Department has strengthened law enforcement actions against non-compliance
    with the relevant legislation and licensing conditions in hawker areas with a large number of hawker
    stalls. Such actions are targeted at the following irregularities to reduce fire risks posed by hawker
    stalls:

      (1)       stall canopies made of or covered with combustible materials;
      (2)       overnight storage of commodities outside the approved stall areas;
      (3)       obstruction of passageways; and
      (4)       stall subletting.




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Hawker areas with a large number of hawker stalls are mainly located in Eastern, Central and Western,
Wanchai, Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po and Kowloon City Districts. They are subject to inspection
by HCT at least once daily. A list of locations of these hawker stalls is at Annex.




                                                 Signature

                                      Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                        Director of
                                                 Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                      Date               1.3.2012




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                                                                                 Annex

                              Location                                District

Chun Yeung Street

Marble Street

Kam Wa Street                                               Eastern

Tai Tak Street

Mong Lung Street

Pottinger Street

Graham Street

Gage Street

Li Yuen Street East

Li Yuen Street West                                         Central and Western

Peel Street

Wing Kut Street

Upper Lascar Row

Man Wa Lane

Gresson Street

Cross Street
                                                            Wan Chai
Tai Yuen Street

Jardine's Crescent

Reclamation Street                                          Yau Tsim Mong

Pak Hoi Street

Saigon Street

Bowring Street

Temple Street

Canton Road (Between Dundas Street and Pitt Street)

Canton Road (Between Mong Kok Road and Dundas Street)

Tung Choi Street



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                               Location                                     District

Fife Street

Yin Chong Street

Ki Lung Street (Between Boundary Street and Portland Street)

Poplar Street

Fa Yuen Street

Nelson Street

Wing Lung Street

Fat Tseung Street

Cheung Fat Street

Fuk Wa Street

Fuk Wing Street
                                                                     Sham Shui Po
Pei Ho Street

Apliu Street

Ki Lung Street (Between Nam Cheong Street and Boundary Street)

Tai Nan Street

Kweilin Street

Pau Chung Street                                                     Kowloon City




                                                                 Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)095
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  0043
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is stated that the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department will continue the laboratory analysis of the
first Total Diet Study in Hong Kong to assess the risks of various food hazards in 2012-13. It has been
recently reported that hamburger steak available in some fast food shops was suspected to have been treated
with ammonia solution during food processing. In this connection, will the above laboratory analysis cover
hamburger steak to safeguard public health effectively? If yes, in what ways will the laboratory results be
released?

Asked by: Hon. IP LAU Suk-yee, Regina

Reply:

Ammonia solution (also known as ammonium hydroxide) is a food additive which can be used as an acidity
regulator. The Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations / World Health Organization
Expert Committee on Food Additives has previously evaluated the safety of ammonium hydroxide, and
concluded that its normal use in food under conditions of good manufacturing practice does not pose a
hazard to health.

Total Diet Study (TDS) has been recognised internationally as the most cost effective way to estimate
dietary exposures to food chemicals or nutrients for a range of population groups and to assess the health
risks of specific chemicals or nutrients. The Study covers more than 130 substances, including persistent
organic pollutants, pesticide residues, metallic contaminants, processing contaminants and mycotoxins.
Among the food samples taken for the first TDS, 12 samples of hamburger have been included. The whole
study will be completed in 2014 and report findings will be released in phases.

As part of the daily routine to ensure food safety, the Centre for Food Safety assesses the impact of different
food incidents identified through the food incident surveillance mechanism. Investigation and follow up
actions are carried out when appropriate to ensure that food sold is fit for human consumption and comply
with safety standards.




                                                        Signature

                                            Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                               Director of
                                                        Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                             Date                29.2.2012


                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)096
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  0044
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is stated by the Department that the actual number of hawker blackspots in 2010 and 2011 was 45 and the
estimated number for 2012 will remain at 45. Please inform this Committee of:

(a)      the specific definition of hawker blackspots;

(b)      the reason(s) why the number of hawker blackspots remains unchanged for many years; and

(c)      the specific measures taken by the Department to eliminate hawker blackspots in the past two years.

Asked by: Hon. IP LAU Suk-yee, Regina

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a) & (b) Hawker blackspots are locations where unlicensed hawkers congregate. The Food and
          Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) conducts quarterly surveys to identify and
          update hawker blackspots. Whether a certain location is classified as a hawker blackspot
          depends on the number of unlicensed hawkers trading at the location at any one time of the day
          during the surveys.

(c)           The Department has adopted the strategies of mobile patrol and raiding to deter unlicensed
              hawking. Hawker Control Team (HCT) staff regularly patrol blackspots to disrupt illegal
              hawking activities and to prevent unlicensed hawkers from taking root at these locations. If
              these hawkers persist in trading and do not disperse, arrest action would follow. HCT staff also
              mount raiding operations at blackspots to arrest unlicensed hawkers and seize their goods and
              equipment to increase deterrent effect.




                                                         Signature

                                              Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date               29.2.2012


                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)097
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               1056
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The Department will continue to convert designated aqua privies into flushing toilets by phases in 2012-13.
In this connection, please inform this Committee of the latest progress of the work as well as the work plan
and estimated expenditure for 2012-13.

Asked by: Hon. LAU Kin-yee, Miriam

Reply:

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has been implementing a programme to convert
designated aqua privies into flushing toilets by phases since early 2005, at a total estimated cost of
$996.4 million. The conversion of 319 aqua privies has been completed. A total of about 450 aqua
privies is expected to be converted into flushing toilets by the end of 2013 when the entire programme is
completed.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               1.3.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)098
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   1057
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

In 2012-13, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department will take forward plans and projects to
provide more crematorium and columbarium facilities. In this connection, please inform this Committee of
the details of the plans and the estimated expenditure involved.

Asked by: Hon. LAU Kin-yee, Miriam

Reply:
On public crematorium facilities, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) is
upgrading the cremators by phases to increase their handling capacity. The Wo Hop Shek Crematorium is
being reprovisioned at an estimated cost of $686.3 million for constructing six cremators and other ancillary
facilities. The project is scheduled for completion in mid 2012. The reprovisioning of the Cape Collinson
Crematorium to provide for ten new cremators and other ancillary facilities, at an estimated cost of $696.3
million, is also underway for completion in two phases in mid 2012 and late 2014 respectively. With the
completion of these two reprovisioning projects, the number of scheduled cremation sessions per annum will
be increased by 31.3% from 40 200 in 2011 to 52 800.

On public columbarium facilities, the construction of a new public columbarium with 43 710 niches and a
Garden of Remembrance in the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery, at an estimated cost of $629.5 million, is underway
for completion in mid 2012. The Department is also constructing 1 540 new niches in the Diamond Hill
Columbarium at an estimated cost of $0.76 million, and will construct 990 new niches in the Cheung Chau
Cemetery at an estimated cost of $10.76 million in 2013. The construction works in Diamond Hill
Columbarium will be completed in early 2012 whereas the construction works in Cheung Chau Cemetery
will be completed in late 2013. To increase the supply of public niches, the Administration has been
promoting the district-based columbarium development scheme and has identified 24 potential sites in 18
districts in Hong Kong for columbarium development. The above-mentioned sites in the Diamond Hill
Columbarium and Cheung Chau Cemetery are two of the 24 potential sites. The Administration is
conducting feasibility studies on the remaining sites and will consult the relevant District Councils before the
sites are confirmed for development.




                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date                29.2.2012

                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)099
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                       Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               1267
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Under this programme, the Department will continue the laboratory analysis of the first Total Diet Study in
Hong Kong to assess the risks of various food hazards. In this connection, please advise on the progress
and details of the analysis, as well as the manpower and estimated expenditure involved.

Asked by: Hon. LEE Kok-long, Joseph

Reply:

The first Hong Kong Total Diet Study (TDS) was commenced in March 2010 and will be completed in 2014.
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has commissioned the Chinese University of Hong Kong to carry out the
fieldwork of the TDS which includes taking samples and preparing the food samples. The contract value is
about $1.24 million. The fieldwork was completed in February 2011.

Laboratory analysis is performed on over 130 substances, including persistent organic pollutants, pesticide
residues, metallic contaminants, processing contaminants and mycotoxins. The laboratory analysis is
undertaken by existing staff of CFS and the Government Laboratory. While the whole study will be
completed in 2014, study findings will be released in phases. The first report on Dioxins and Dioxin-like
Polychlorinated Biphenyls and the second report on Inorganic Arsenic were released to the public in
December 2011 and February 2012 respectively.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date              29.2.2012




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)100
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               1268
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Under this programme, the Department will assist the Food and Health Bureau to prepare legislation to
extend the existing import control regime for meat and poultry to cover poultry eggs. In this connection,
please advise on the timetable and details of the work, as well as the manpower and estimated expenditure
involved.

Asked by: Hon. LEE Kok-long, Joseph

Reply:

At present, the import of meat and poultry is regulated under the Imported Game, Meat and Poultry
Regulations (Cap.132AK) and the Import and Export Ordinance (Cap.60). Under Cap. 132AK, no person
shall import meat or poultry without an official health certificate which certifies that the meat or poultry
concerned is fit for human consumption, or otherwise a prior written permission from a health officer of the
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) will be required. In addition, an import
licence is required for importing meat or poultry under Cap. 60.

The Administration intends to extend the current import control regime for meat and poultry to cover poultry
eggs in view of the avian influenza health threat posed by eggs from infected poultry. To achieve this
policy objective, we are preparing the proposed Food Safety (Importation) Regulation, the Import and
Export (General) (Amendment) Regulation 2012 and other consequential amendments (the proposed
Regulations), and will table them in the Legislative Council when ready. To allow sufficient time for
traders to prepare for the new requirements under the proposed Regulations, it is proposed that a six-month
grace period should be allowed. Apart from providing expert advice and support to the drafting of the
proposed Regulations, the Department is also preparing an implementation plan and liaising with overseas
regulatory authorities and local trade on the proposed new regulatory arrangement. If the proposed
Regulations are enacted, the Department will arrange sufficient publicity on the proposed Regulations prior
to their commencement. The workload is absorbed by existing staff.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               1.3.2012



                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)101
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  1269
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Under this programme, there will be an increase of 69 posts in the Department in 2012-13.        Please inform
this Committee of the nature, ranks, salaries and duties of the posts concerned.

Asked by: Hon. LEE Kok-long, Joseph

Reply:

The posts to be created are in the grades of Agricultural Officer, Chemist, Fisheries Officer, Health Inspector,
Laboratory Attendant, Science Laboratory Technician and administration support. The total annual salary
amounts to $22 million in 2012-13. The main duties of these posts are to perform food safety regulatory
work.




                                                        Signature

                                            Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                               Director of
                                                        Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                             Date                29.2.2012




                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                           FHB(FE)102
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                       Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               1270
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Under this programme, there will be a net decrease of 69 posts in the Department in 2012-13. Please
inform this Committee of the reason(s) for the change in the number of posts and whether this will have any
impact on the work of the Department.

Asked by: Hon. LEE Kok-long, Joseph

Reply:

The posts to be deleted are Workman II grade posts. All are vacant posts with no operational need for
retention. The deletion of these 69 posts will not affect the operation of the Department.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date              29.2.2012




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)103
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                2998
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Under Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2012-13, the Department will enhance law enforcement at
hawker areas with fixed pitches to ensure compliance and to contain obstruction and fire safety risk. In this
connection, when will the Department formulate a set of clear and coherent guidelines to facilitate better
understanding and compliance by traders?

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

In the wake of the fire at the hawker stalls at Fa Yuen Street on 30 November last year, the Food and
Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) has strengthened law enforcement actions against
non-compliance with the relevant legislation and licensing conditions in hawker areas with a large number of
hawker stalls. Such actions are targeted at the following irregularities to reduce fire risks posed by hawker
stalls:

(i) stall canopies made of or covered with combustible materials;
(ii) overnight storage of goods outside the approved stall areas;
(iii) obstruction of passageways; and
(iv) stall subletting.

The stall hawkers are obliged to comply with the law and licensing conditions. The primary objectives of
the Department’s enforcement actions are to ensure environmental hygiene and to reduce fire safety risks.
The Department maintains regular dialogue with hawker associations and stall hawkers to address their
concerns.




                                                       Signature

                                            Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date                1.3.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                FHB(FE)104
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    2999
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out in tabular form the following information:

(a)      the names of air-conditioned public markets;

(b)      the air-conditioning expenses of each of these markets over the past year; and

(c)      the air-conditioning power consumption of each of these markets over the past year.

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The information sought is set out in the table at Annex.




                                                           Signature

                                              Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                  Director of
                                                           Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                                Date              29.2.2012




                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                                  Annex
Estimated recurrent air-conditioning expenses and power consumption of air-conditioned public markets in
2011-12
                                                              Air-conditioning
    No.                       Name of Market                                           Kilowatt Hour
                                                                  Expenses
                                                                    $’000                    ’000
    1.       Aldrich Bay Market cum Cooked Food Centre               1,495                   901
    2.       Ap Lei Chau Market cum Cooked Food Centre               1,491                   807
    3.       Bowrington Road Market Cooked Food Centre               1,146                   620
    4.       Centre Street Market cum Cooked Food Centre               772                   425
    5.       Chai Wan Market cum Cooked Food Centre                  2,622                 1 610
    6.       Hung Hom Market Cooked Food Centre                        657                   522
    7.       Java Road Market Cooked Food Centre                     1,349                   807
    8.       Lei Yue Mun Market                                        396                   283
    9.       Lockhart Road Market Cooked Food Centre                 1,559                 1 024
    10.      Luen Wo Hui Market cum Cooked Food Centre               5,613                 4 579
    11.      Mong Kok Cooked Food Market                               524                   508
    12.      Pei Ho Street Market Cooked Food Centre                   972                   804
    13.      Peng Chau Market                                          330                   269
    14.      Queen Street Cooked Food Market                           639                   426
    15.      Sai Wan Ho Market Cooked Food Centre                      803                   521
    16.      Sai Ying Pun Market                                     1,849                 1 086
    17.      San Hui Market                                          3,735                 2 959
    18.      Sha Tin Market                                          1,346                 1 058
    19.      Shek Wu Hui Market cum Cooked Food Centre               5,142                 4 281
    20.      Sheung Wan Market Cooked Food Centre                    2,510                 1 660
    21.      Smithfield Market Cooked Food Centre                    1,418                   931
    22.      Tai Kiu Market                                          1,838                 1 692
    23.      Tai Kok Tsui Market cum Cooked Food Centre              2,371                 2 062
    24.      Tai Po Hui Market cum Cooked Food Centre                5,710                 4 383
    25.      Tai Shing Street Market Cooked Food Centre                782                   677
    26.      To Kwa Wan Market Cooked Food Centre                      136                    58
    27.      Tsing Yi Market                                         1,466                 1 058
    28.      Wan Chai Market                                           955                   481
    29.      Wong Nai Chung Market Cooked Food Centre                  298                   194
    30.      Yan Oi Market                                             937                   736
    31.      Yee On Street Market                                      562                   400
    32.      Yue Wan Market cum Cooked Food Centre                   5,466                 3 353
                                                        Total       56,889                41 175




                                                                         Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                FHB(FE)105
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    3000
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

There is no mention of the work to improve the trading environment of public markets under the Brief
Description. In this connection, please advise on:
(a)      the provision earmarked for improving the trading environment of public markets; and
(b)      the measures to be taken to improve the trading environment of public markets.

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a)      A total of $36.08 million has been earmarked in 2012-13 for improving the trading environment of
         public markets.

(b)      The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department will implement the following measures to improve
         the trading environment of public markets –

         1.   To carry out improvement works in five markets, including upgrading of fire services facilities,
              installation of barrier free access facilities, improvement of lighting, ventilation and drainage
              systems and refurbishment of toilets. The estimated cost is $32.08 million.

         2.   To continue to identify suitable vacant market stalls for conversion into service trade, bakery and
              light refreshment stalls. No additional resources are required.

         3.   To continue to conduct market promotion activities, especially during traditional festival periods.
              The estimated cost is $4 million.



                                                          Signature

                                              Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                 Director of
                                                          Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                               Date                29.2.2012




                                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                FHB(FE)106
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    3001
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out in tabular form information on the following:

(a)      the number of public markets with an occupancy rate of less than 50% at present; and

(b)      the staff resources and expenditure involved for each of these markets.

Asked by: Hon. LEONG Kah-kit, Alan

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows -

(a)      As at 31 December 2011, there were five public markets with an occupancy rate of less than 50%, one
         of which was pending closure, one was undergoing consolidation from two storeys into one, another
         one was reserved for resiting of hawkers and the remaining two were undergoing improvement works.

(b)      As staff resources for public markets are allocated on a district basis, there is no cost breakdown by
         individual markets.




                                                          Signature

                                              Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                 Director of
                                                          Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                               Date                29.2.2012




                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)107
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                 1334
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The quality of public cleansing services is a matter of major public concern. The total expenditure under
Programme (2) in 2012-13 will be increased by 8.4%. It is noted however that there will be a net decrease
of 69 posts. The Department indicated (in its reply to the question I raised last year) that the requirement
for Workman II (WM II) in the next four years would be considered having regard to the reviews of the
deployment of and need for WM II. Yet, the number of WM II has been on the decrease. From 2008 to
2010, the number of WM II reduced by 328 whereas the percentage of outsourced street cleansing services
increased from 66.7% to 74.6%. Please advise this Committee on the following:

(a)    the number of WM II posts included in the net decrease of posts in 2012-13;

(b)   the percentage of outsourced street cleansing services in each of the past five years by using the table
      below as there has been an increasing trend in the percentage; and

                                            2008-09         2009-10       2010-11      2011-12      2012-13

        Expenditure on public
        cleansing services

        Percentage of change (%)

        Total value of outsourced
        service contracts

        Percentage of change (%)

        Percentage of outsourced
        cleansing services (%)

        Number of WM II


(c)    given the number of WM II has been on the decrease, whether a minimum manpower requirement for
       WM II has been set so that the Government will have sufficient manpower to cope with major public
       health incidents and crises; if yes, the minimum manpower requirement; if not, the reason(s).




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
Asked by: Hon. LEUNG Kwok-hung

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows-

(a)      The 69 posts to be deleted are Workman II (WM II) grade posts.         All are vacant posts with no
         operational need for retention.

(b)   The percentages of outsourced cleansing services are as follows:

                                                2008-09    2009-10    2010-11    2011-12             2012-13
                                                 (as at     (as at     (as at      (as at
                                               31.3.2009) 31.3.2010) 31.3.2011) 31.12.2011)
          Expenditure on public cleansing       $1,693.9     $1,702.9     $1,770.4      $1,840.1      $1,945.9
          services Note 1                        million      million      million       million       million
                                                                                       (estimate)    (estimate)
          Percentage of change (%)              +14.1%           +0.5%     +4.0%         +3.9%        +5.7%

          Total value of outsourced service     $1,560.8     $1,770.3     $1,759.8      $2,011.7
          contracts Note 1                       million      million      million       million
          (public cleansing services)
          Percentage of change (%)              +12.6%           +13.4%    -0.6%        +14.3%

          Percentage      Street cleansing        67%             71%       75%           76%
          of              Waste collection        69%             72%       72%           74%         Note 2
          outsourced
                          Mechanical gully        70%             80%       81%           81%
          cleansing
                          emptying
          services (%)
                          Others Note 3          100%            100%      100%          100%
          Number of WM II                        2 346           2 136     2 129         2 110
          (public cleansing services)

         Note 1:    Expenditure on public cleansing services refers to the money spent on public cleansing
                    services provided by departmental staff and contractors for that year, whereas total value
                    of outsourced service contracts refers to the total value of public cleansing services
                    contracts for the whole contract periods (normally five years for waste collection services
                    contracts, and two years for street cleansing or other services contracts).

         Note 2:    Figures for 2012-13 are not yet available.

         Note 3:    Other outsourced public cleansing services include animal carcase collection services,
                    cleansing and waste removal services for special sites / areas, desludging and mid-night
                    conservancy services, mechanical street sweeping services, portable toilet services and
                    recyclable collection services.




                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
(c)   The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department considers that currently it is appropriate to
      maintain about 3 000 WM II to meet departmental operational needs.




                                                  Signature

                                       Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                         Director of
                                                  Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                       Date               1.3.2012




                                                                      Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)108
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   1886
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

(a)   In the past year, what was the number of prosecutions taken by officers of the Department in respect
      of littering, spitting or fouling of street by faeces or urine? How many of these prosecutions were
      taken against tourists? What was the number of tourists from the Mainland (excluding Taiwan)
      involved?

(b)   Among the tourists who had been prosecuted, how many of them failed to comply with the law and
      left Hong Kong without paying the fine? Regarding these default cases, will actions be taken to
      recover the outstanding fines?

Asked by: Hon. LEUNG Mei-fun, Priscilla

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a)      In 2011, the number of $1,500 Fixed Penalty Notices (Notices) issued by the Food and
         Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) against littering and spitting in public places
         were 30 468 and 2 986 respectively. The number of prosecutions taken against obeying the call of
         nature in public places in 2011 was six. The Department does not have the breakdown on the above
         enforcement figures taken against tourists.

(b)      The Department does not have breakdown of cases involving tourists. If an offender with no local
         address fails to settle the payment of a Notice within the prescribed 21 days from the date of issue of
         the Notice, the Department will issue a demand notice to him/her through the correspondence address
         in his/her home place to recover the payment.




                                                          Signature

                                              Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                 Director of
                                                          Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                               Date                1.3.2012


                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)109
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                     2344
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please inform this Committee of:

(a)      the number of reported cases regarding food unfit for human consumption, as well as the number of
         warnings issued and prosecutions instituted in each of the past three years (i.e. in 2009, 2010 and
         2011); and

(b)      the number of complaints received regarding the labelling of genetically modified food, nutrition
         information and prepackaged food over the past three years.

Asked by: Hon. LI Fung-ying

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a)      The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the
         Department) conducts a Food Surveillance Programme to ascertain whether foods for sale in Hong
         Kong are fit for human consumption, having regard to the legal requirements on food safety under the
         Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap. 132) and its subsidiary legislation. Samples
         are collected at import, wholesale and retail levels for microbiological and chemical testing. Every
         year, CFS takes about 65 000 samples for testing, with the satisfaction rate being over 99% in the last
         three years. Apart from the Food Surveillance Programme, CFS also investigates food complaints
         received. The number of food complaints and cases established as caused by foods which are found
         to be unfit for human consumption as well as the number of warnings issued and prosecutions
         instituted over the past three years is as follows -

                                                    2009                 2010                2011
No. of food complaints                              4 227                3 737               4 265
No. of cases established as caused by                 1                    3                   1
food unfit for human consumption
No. of warnings issued on sale of food                0                    0                   0
unfit for human consumption
No. of prosecutions made on sale of food              1                    3                   1
unfit for human consumption


(b)      The Department had not received any complaints against labelling of genetically modified food over
         the past three years.




                                                                                 Session 18 FHB(FE)
       The Department had received the following number of complaints against labelling of prepackaged
       foods (general food labelling and nutrition labelling) as laid down in the Food and Drugs
       (Composition and Labelling) Regulations (Cap. 132W) over the past three years -


                                               2009                  2010                 2011
    General Food LabellingNote 1                225                   146                  175
    Nutrition LabellingNote 2                    2                     30                   33


Note 1 : In terms of general food labelling, prepackaged foods are required to be legibly marked or labelled
with the following information in either English or Chinese language or in both languages, namely:(i) name
of food, (ii) list of ingredients including allergen declaration, (iii) indication of “best before” or “use by” date,
(iv) statement of special condition for storage or instructions for use, (v) name and address of manufacturer
or packer, and (vi) count, weight or volume.

Note 2 : In terms of nutrition labelling, the Nutrition Labelling Scheme requires all prepackaged foods to
label the content of energy plus seven nutrients, namely: (i) protein, (ii) carbohydrates, (iii) total fat, (iv)
saturated fat, (v) trans fat, (vi) sodium and (vii) sugars, as well as any nutrient for which a claim is made, and
regulates nutrition claims.




                                                           Signature

                                              Name in block letters              Clement LEUNG

                                                                                  Director of
                                                           Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                                Date                  1.3.2012




                                                                                  Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)110
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                2345
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please give a breakdown by District Council district of the number of complaints relating to dripping air-
conditioners, water seepage and environmental hygiene blackspots received over the past three years (i.e. in
2009, 2010 and 2011).

Asked by: Hon. LI Fung-ying

Reply:

The breakdown of the number of complaints received on dripping air-conditioners and water seepage by
district in 2009, 2010 and 2011 is at Annexes A and B respectively. As regards environmental hygiene
blackspots, following the outbreak of Human Swine Influenza in May 2009, the Food and Environmental
Hygiene Department, in consultation with District Councils, had identified 105 environmental hygiene
blackspots in the territory for enhanced clean-up operations and they were all eradicated in February 2010.
The number of complaints received on street cleanliness in 2009, 2010 and 2011 is at Annex C.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                       Annex A

     Number of Complaints received on Dripping Air-Conditioners in 2009, 2010 and 2011

    District                  2009                    2010                     2011
Central & Western             1 199                   1 492                   1 390
     Eastern                  2 421                   2 279                   2 207
    Southern                  867                      659                     798
    Wanchai                   1 100                   1 063                   1 046
     Islands                  159                      169                     143
  Kowloon City                1 306                   1 406                   1 343
   Kwun Tong                  1 260                   1 380                   1 341
  Wong Tai Sin                478                      642                     516
  Sham Shui Po                930                      994                     894
 Yau Tsim Mong                1 952                   2 216                   2 126
    Sai Kung                  456                      411                     470
    Sha Tin                   1 094                   1 249                   1 148
     Tai Po                   421                      473                     365
     North                    527                      541                     513
   Kwai Tsing                 506                      617                     631
   Tsuen Wan                  1 358                   1 031                    922
   Tuen Mun                   982                     1023                     963
   Yuen Long                  694                      863                     670
                Total        17 710                  18 508                   17 486




                                                                 Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                      Annex B

           Number of Complaints received on Water Seepage in 2009, 2010 and 2011

    District                  2009                    2010                    2011
Central & Western             1 014                   1 338                   1 177
     Eastern                  2 761                   3 169                   2 948
    Southern                   905                    1 132                    958
    Wanchai                    874                     908                     835
     Islands                   103                     121                     94
  Kowloon City                2 637                   3 116                   2 380
   Kwun Tong                  1 494                   1 675                   1 867
  Wong Tai Sin                 763                     980                     894
  Sham Shui Po                1 640                   1 826                   1 516
 Yau Tsim Mong                2 298                   2 441                   2 354
    Sai Kung                   518                     695                     757
    Sha Tin                   1 509                   2 003                   1 796
     Tai Po                    626                     752                     648
     North                     564                     663                     517
   Kwai Tsing                  930                    1 188                   1 370
   Tsuen Wan                  1 093                   1 330                   1 234
   Tuen Mun                   1 531                   1 767                   1 703
   Yuen Long                   509                     613                     612
                Total        21 769                  25 717                  23 660




                                                                 Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                       Annex C

       Number of Complaints received on Street Cleanliness in 2009, 2010 and 2011

    District                   2009                    2010                    2011
Central & Western              3 380                  3 536                   3 912
     Eastern                   2 646                  2 208                   2 326
    Southern                  1 080                    832                     974
    Wanchai                   3 105                   2 554                   2 665
     Islands                    466                     501                     634
  Kowloon City                2 408                   2 439                   2 336
   Kwun Tong                  1 622                   1 419                   1 458
  Wong Tai Sin                 953                     897                     930
  Sham Shui Po                2 423                   2 051                   2 421
 Yau Tsim Mong                4 438                   3 365                   4 026
    Sai Kung                  1 762                   1 228                   1 467
    Sha Tin                    628                     638                     785
     Tai Po                   1 866                   1 807                   1 656
     North                    1 101                   1 246                   1 261
   Kwai Tsing                  1 618                  1 469                   1 692
   Tsuen Wan                  1 517                   1 752                   1 630
   Tuen Mun                   1 311                   1 444                   1 524
   Yuen Long                  3 126                   2 889                   2 968
                 Total        35 450                  32 275                  34 665




                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                          Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                  FHB(FE)111
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                               Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                      2346
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The Department has put in place the Access Co-ordinator and Access Officer Scheme as from 1 April 2011
to enhance barrier-free access to venues / buildings under its management. Regarding the venues /
buildings under the management of the Department such as public markets and toilets, please advise this
Committee on the effectiveness of the Scheme and the improvement measures taken.

Asked by: Hon. LI Fung-ying

Reply:

With effect from April 2011, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) has
designated an Access Co-ordinator to facilitate co-ordination of accessibility issues within the Department.
Moreover, an Access Officer has also been appointed for each venue / facility to handle accessibility issues
at the venue.

Major duties of the Access Officer include, amongst others, conducting regular audit checks; taking timely
follow-up action as required to ensure the provision of suitable barrier-free facilities and avoid undue
alterations or obstructions to the barrier-free access; offering assistance to persons with disabilities to
facilitate their access to the venue and using the services and facilities therein; making recommendations on
improvements of barrier-free access; providing assistance to persons with disabilities at the venue; and
handling public enquiries and complaints regarding accessibility issues for the venue.

Since April 2011, the Department has promulgated the contact information of the Access Co-ordinator and
Access Officers of respective venues / buildings, including public markets and toilets, under our
management in our departmental website and venues. Training has been arranged for staff to enhance their
awareness of accessibility issues. In addition, a retrofitting programme covering about 720 premises and
facilities, including public markets, cooked food centres, cemeteries, columbaria, toilets, offices, etc. is in
place to improve barrier-free accessibility. The retrofitting works covers provision of / improvement to
accessible toilets, accessible lifts, access routes, tactile signs/guide paths, visual fire alarm systems, assistive
listening systems, international symbols of accessibility, etc.

With the implementation of this Scheme, we have enhanced the day-to-day management of barrier-free
facilities in our venues, collaborated with the works departments in the retrofitting programme and raised the
awareness of venue staff in facilitating access by persons with disabilities to the venues and use of the
services and facilities therein.




                                                                                 Session 18 FHB(FE)
           Signature

Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                  Director of
           Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                Date               1.3.2012




                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)112
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                0791
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

(a)      With regard to abating environmental nuisances relating to dripping air-conditioners and water
         seepage and at environmental hygiene blackspots, how many complaints were received in 2010 and
         2011 respectively?

(b)      In handling these complaints, what are the criteria adopted in determining whether a nuisance has
         been successfully “abated”? and

(c)      What was the total number of environmental hygiene blackspots in 2011?       Please give the exact
         location of these blackspots.

Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a) For dripping air-conditioners, the number of complaints received by the Food and Environmental
    Hygiene Department (the Department) in 2010 and 2011 was 18 508 and 17 486 respectively. For
    water seepage, the number of complaints received in 2010 and 2011 was 25 717 and 23 660 respectively.
    As regards environmental hygiene blackspots, following the outbreak of Human Swine Influenza in May
    2009, the Department, in consultation with District Councils (DCs), had identified 105 environmental
    hygiene blackspots in the territory for enhanced clean-up operations and they were all eradicated in
    February 2010. The number of complaints received on street cleanliness in 2010 and 2011 was 32 275
    and 34 665 respectively.

(b) For dripping air-conditioners, the nuisance is considered as successfully “abated” if dripping water from
    an air-conditioner has been properly collected and drained away in such a manner as not to cause any
    nuisance to the public. For water seepage complaints, the nuisance is considered as successfully
    “abated” if defects leading to seepage have been rectified and the moisture content measured at seepage
    areas is less than 35%. As for environmental hygiene blackspots, the enhanced clean-up operations for
    such blackspots were completed in February 2010 after all the DCs agreed that the hygiene condition of
    the blackspots had significantly improved.




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(c) The Department did not identify any environmental hygiene blackspot in 2011.




                                                     Signature

                                          Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                            Director of
                                                     Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                          Date               1.3.2012




                                                                          Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)113
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                1058
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out the details of the 69 posts to be increased in 2012-13, including the grade(s) and number of
staff involved.

Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

Of the 69 posts to be increased in 2012-13, 45 are in the grades of Agricultural Officer, Chemist, Fisheries
Officer, Health Inspector, Laboratory Attendant and Science Laboratory Technician. The remaining 24
posts are in the administrative support grades.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)114
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  1059
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please set out the details of the 69 posts to be reduced in 2012-13, including the grade(s) and number of staff
involved.

Asked by: Hon. LI Wah-ming, Fred

Reply:

The 69 posts to be reduced are Workman II grade posts.      All are vacant posts with no operational need for
retention.




                                                        Signature

                                            Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                               Director of
                                                        Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                             Date                29.2.2012




                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)115
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   0629
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The indicator for “samples taken from food animals for testing of veterinary drug residues” dropped from
54 291 in 2010 (Actual) to 52 595 in 2011 (Actual). Please advise on:

(a)   the reason(s) for the decrease in number, and whether this is related to a cutback in expenditure or
      manpower; if yes, the expenditure involved; and

(b)   whether the Department has considered the impact of lowering the indicator for “samples taken from
      food animals for testing of veterinary drug residues” on food safety, given that reports by the Centre
      for Food Safety indicated of the approximately 14 000 food samples it tested in the past year, five
      were found to be unsatisfactory, and one of which being a roasted duck sample from a supermarket
      was detected with residues of a prohibited veterinary drug, Chloramphenicol.

Asked by: Hon. PAN Pey-chyou

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a)   The drop in the number of samples taken from food animals for testing of veterinary drug residues in
      2011 was due to a decrease in the number of live pigs slaughtered. There was no reduction in
      expenditure or manpower for taking such samples.

(b)      The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department adopts the
         World Health Organization’s “from farm to table” strategy to ensure food safety in Hong Kong.
         Control at source includes allowing only the supply of food produced by approved farms/processing
         plants with audit inspections, and the requirements of health certificates for certain food animals and
         food products. At downstream stages of the food supply chain, CFS operates a Food Surveillance
         Programme to collect samples at import, wholesale and retail levels for microbiological, chemical
         (including veterinary drug residues in food) and radiological tests.




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In line with the above strategy, CFS estimates that it will take 52 500 samples from food animals for
testing of veterinary drug residues in 2012 which is comparable to 52 595 of 2011. Under the Food
Surveillance Programme, CFS will take 65 000 food samples for testing in 2012, which is also
comparable to 64 638 of 2011. Of the 65 000 food samples, 3 800 will be tested for veterinary drug
residues, as compared with 3 771 of 2011.




                                                Signature

                                    Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                       Director of
                                                Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                     Date               29.2.2012




                                                                     Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)116
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  0630
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The indicators for “poison treatments of rodent infestation in building blocks” and “number of trappings”
increased from 46 015 and 45 036 in 2010 (Actual) to 52 520 and 50 781 in 2011 (Actual) respectively.

(a)    Please advise on the reason(s) for the increase in numbers, and whether this reflects the worsening of
       the rodent infestation problem.

(b)    Please provide in the table below the rodent infestation rates for each of the 19 districts and for the
       whole territory over the past five years.

        District                         2007           2008           2009           2010           2011
        Central & Western
        Eastern
        Southern
        Wan Chai
        Islands
        Kowloon City
        Kwun Tong
        Wong Tai Sin
        Sham Shui Po
        Mong Kok
        Yau Tsim
        Sai Kung
        Sha Tin
        Tai Po
        North
        Kwai Tsing
        Tsuen Wan
        Tuen Mun
        Yuen Long
        Territory-wide




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(c)      Please advise on the Department’s anti-rodent measures in place, details of these measures and the
         expenditure involved.

(d)      As these two services are provided by the staff of the Department and the staff of the contractors it
         engaged, please advise on the proportion of the services undertaken by in-house staff and contractors’
         workers, and their respective manpower and expenditure involved.

Asked by: Hon. PAN Pey-chyou

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows -

(a)      To further improve the effectiveness of rodent control work, the Food and Environmental Hygiene
         Department (the Department) intensified the rodent control measures in 2011, including poison
         treatments and rodent trappings. Hence, there was an increase in both numbers in 2011 over 2010.

(b)      The required figures are as follows -

          District                          2007          2008           2009          2010          2011
          Central & Western                 7.5%          5.7%           4.7%          0.5%          0.5%
          Eastern                           3.2%          4.4%           8.1%          2.3%          0.6%
          Southern                          6.0%          4.0%          6.5%           0.5%          1.6%
          Wan Chai                          8.5%          8.1%           1.6%          4.5%          1.8%
          Islands                           6.6%          7.9%           9.3%          0.5%          0.0%
          Kowloon City                      3.6%          4.2%           5.0%          0.9%          1.4%
          Kwun Tong                         5.3%          5.3%          12.4%          3.1%          3.1%
          Wong Tai Sin                      3.0%          6.9%          7.5%           2.4%          1.5%
          Sham Shui Po                      3.9%         6.5%           7.8%           2.0%          3.2%
          Mong Kok                          4.7%         6.8%           2.0%           1.3%          2.9%
          Yau Tsim                          3.0%          5.7%           5.4%          2.3%          1.8%
          Sai Kung                          9.0%          8.4%          5.4%           0.9%          1.8%
          Sha Tin                           0.5%          5.5%          5.5%           1.3%          1.7%
          Tai Po                            3.9%         11.0%          1.8%           0.0%          0.9%
          North                             5.9%          6.5%           7.2%          0.9%          0.6%
          Kwai Tsing                        1.7%          4.9%           3.1%          1.5%          2.6%
          Tsuen Wan                         5.9%         13.3%           5.1%          2.1%          2.6%
          Tuen Mun                          5.4%         1.7%           8.3%           1.3%          0.8%
          Yuen Long                         5.3%         5.3%           6.6%           1.8%          3.0%
          Territory-wide                    4.8%          6.3%           6.1%          1.5%          1.7%


(c)      The Department adopts an integrated rodent control approach. The measures include improvement
         to environmental conditions, application of poisonous bait and setting of traps. The estimated
         expenditure involved in rodent control services in 2011-12 is $135.7 million.




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(d)   There is no separate breakdown on the proportion of poison treatment and rodent trapping services
      undertaken by in-house staff and contractors’ workers, or their respective manpower or expenditure
      involved.




                                                    Signature

                                         Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                           Director of
                                                    Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                         Date               29.2.2012




                                                                        Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)117
                       CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                           INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    1526
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

A member of the hotel industry with many years of experience of dog walking complained to me in a half-
joking tone that the paws of his/her dog were much dirtier after walking along the roadside in downtown
areas than after walking in areas with less traffic flow, reflecting the seriousness of the problem of pollutants
and dust particles on the surface of streets/roads in the urban areas.

What are the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department’s estimated manpower and resources for street
cleansing in the urban areas in the coming financial year?

In response to the above comments, will the Department revise the proportion of expenditure on street
cleansing in various districts? What is the percentage of change in the manpower and resources as
compared with those in the past three financial years?

Asked by: Hon. TSE Wai-chun, Paul

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a) The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department)’s estimated expenditure on street
    cleansing service for 2012-13 is $1,532.1 million and the manpower involved (including contractors’
    staff) is about 9 710. The Department does not have the breakdown on the above estimated expenditure
    and manpower provision for urban areas.

(b) The resources for street cleansing service are deployed in accordance with requirements of individual
    districts and will be adjusted as necessary. Comparing the expenditure/estimated expenditure in the
    past three financial years on a year-on-year basis, there is an increase of about 1.1% in 2010-11, 7.3% in
    2011-12 and 8.8% in 2012-13 respectively. The level of manpower provision on a year-on-year basis is
    more or less the same during this period.


                                                         .Signature

                                             Name in block letters             Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date                 1.3.2012



                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                            Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                   FHB(FE)118
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                                 Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title): 000 Operational
                                                                                                       0467
      Hygiene Department                                          expenses

Programme:

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Regarding the employment of non-civil service contract (NCSC) staff, please provide the following
information:

                                                                     2012-13           2011-12          2010-11
Number of NCSC staff                                                      ( )               ( )              ( )
Distribution of posts taken up by NCSC staff
Expenditure on salaries for NCSC staff                                    (     )            (     )          (   )
Monthly salary range of NCSC staff
• $30,001 or above                                                        (     )            (     )          (   )
• $16,001 - $30,000                                                       (     )            (     )          (   )
• $8,001 - $16,000                                                        (     )            (     )          (   )
• $6,501 - $8,000                                                         (     )            (     )          (   )
• $5,001 - $6,500                                                         (     )            (     )          (   )
• $5,000 or below                                                         (     )            (     )          (   )
• number of staff with a monthly salary below $5,824                      (     )            (     )          (   )
• number of staff with a monthly salary between $5,824 and                (     )            (     )          (   )
   $6,500                                                                 (     )            (     )          (   )
Length of service of NCSC staff
• 5 years or longer                                                       (     )            (     )          (   )
• 3 - 5 years                                                             (     )            (     )          (   )
• 1 - 3 years                                                             (     )            (     )          (   )
• less than 1 year                                                        (     )            (     )          (   )
Number of NCSC staff converted to civil servants                          (     )            (     )          (   )
Number of NCSC staff failed to convert to civil servants                  (     )            (     )          (   )
Percentage of NCSC staff in the total number of staff in the              (     )            (     )          (   )
Department
Percentage of NCSC staff costs in the total departmental staff            (     )            (     )          (   )
costs
Number of NCSC staff with paid meal breaks                                (     )             ( )           ( )
Number of NCSC staff without paid meal breaks                             (     )             ( )           ( )
Number of NCSC staff working 5 days a week                                (     )             ( )           ( )
Number of NCSC staff working 6 days a week                                (     )             ( )           ( )
                                                                 Figures in (       ) denote year-on-year changes



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Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows-

                                                             2012-13       2011-12        2010-11
                                                                             (as at        (as at
                                                                          31.12.2011)    31.3.2011)
Number of NCSC staff                                                          355           373
                                                             Note 1
                                                                             (-5%)
Distribution of posts taken up by NCSC staff                              NCSC staff mainly
                                                                          undertake market
                                                                          management duties, handle
                                                                          water seepage complaints
                                                                          and provide support
                                                                          services in cemeteries and
                                                                          offices.
Expenditure on salaries for NCSC staff                                      $48.9       $81 million
                                                                            million
                                                                           (Note 2)       (Note 2)
Monthly salary range of NCSC staff
• $30,001 or above                                                               8           5
                                                                            (+60%)
• $16,001 - $30,000                                                             78           57
                                                                            (+37%)
• $8,001 - $16,000                                                             269          307
                                                                             (-12%)
• $6,501 - $8,000                                                               0            4
                                                                            (-100%)
• $5,001 - $6,500                                                               0            0


• $5,000 or below                                                              0             0

                                                                               0             0
• number of staff with a monthly salary below $5,824

                                                                               0             0
• number of staff with a monthly salary between $5,824 and
  $6,500
Length of service of NCSC staff
• 5 years or longer                                                            88            96
                                                                             (-8%)
• 3 - 5 years                                                                  27            54
                                                                            (-50%)
• 1 - 3 years                                                                  93           164


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                                                                      2012-13       2011-12         2010-11
                                                                                      (as at         (as at
                                                                                   31.12.2011)     31.3.2011)
                                                                                     (-43%)
• less than 1 year                                                                     147              59
                                                                                    (+149%)
Number of NCSC staff converted to civil servants                                               Note 3
Number of NCSC staff failed to convert to civil servants                                       Note 3
Percentage of NCSC staff in the total number of staff in the                           3%               3%
Department                                                                           (±0%)
Percentage of NCSC staff costs in the total departmental staff                          2%              3%
costs                                                                                 (-1%)
Number of NCSC staff with paid meal breaks                                              44              48
                                                                                      (-8%)
Number of NCSC staff without paid meal breaks                                          311              325
                                                                                      (-4%)
Number of NCSC staff working 5 days a week                                             205              218
                                                                                      (-6%)
Number of NCSC staff working 6 days a week                                             150              155
                                                                                      (-3%)
                                                                 Figures in (    ) denote year-on-year changes


Note 1 :    Figures for 2012-13 are not yet available as the number of NCSC staff varies over time in light
            of the changing service and operational needs.

Note 2 :    The expenditure for 2011-12 covers 9 months while that for 2010-11 covers the entire 12
            months.

Note 3 :    Relevant information is not available.




                                                        Signature

                                            Name in block letters               Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                        Post Title    Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                               Date                29.2.2012




                                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)119
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title): 000 Operational
                                                                                                   0492
      Hygiene Department                                          expenses

Programme:

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

On engaging “agency workers”, please provide the following information:
                                                                     2012-13        2011-12         2010-11
Number of contracts engaging employment agencies (EAs)                    (    )        (      )          (   )
Contract sum paid to each EA                                              (    )        (      )          (   )
Total amount of commission paid to each EA                                (    )        (      )          (   )
Length of contract for each EA                                            (    )        (      )          (   )
Number of agency workers                                                  (    )        (      )          (   )
Distribution of posts taken up by agency workers
Monthly salary range of agency workers                                    (    )        (      )          (   )
•   $30,001 or above                                                      (    )        (      )          (   )
•   $16,001 - $30,000                                                     (    )        (      )          (   )
•   $8,001 - $16,000                                                      (    )        (      )          (   )
•   $6,501 - $8,000                                                       (    )        (      )          (   )
•   $5,001 - $6,500                                                       (    )        (      )          (   )
•   $5,000 or below                                                       (    )        (      )          (   )
•   number of workers with a monthly salary below $5,824                  (    )        (      )          (   )
•   number of workers with a monthly salary between $5,824                (    )        (      )          (   )
    and $6,500
Length of service of agency workers
•   5 years or longer                                                     (    )        (      )          (   )
•   3 - 5 years                                                           (    )        (      )          (   )
•   1 - 3 years                                                           (    )        (      )          (   )
•   less than 1 year                                                      (    )        (      )          (   )
Percentage of agency workers in the total number of staff in the          (    )        (      )          (   )
Department
Percentage of amount paid to EAs in the total departmental staff          (    )        (      )          (   )
cost
Number of agency workers with paid meal breaks                            (    )        (      )          (   )
Number of agency workers without paid meal breaks                         (    )        (      )          (   )



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                                                                       2012-13         2011-12           2010-11


Number of agency workers working 5 days a week                              (     )         (       )         (     )
Number of agency workers working 6 days a week                              (     )         (       )         (     )
                                                                   Figures in (    ) denote year-on-year changes

Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows-

                                                                       2012-13         2011-12           2010-11
                                                                                        (as at            (as at
                                                                                      30.9.2011)        31.3.2011)
Number of contracts engaging employment agencies (EAs)                                     18                23
                                                                                        (-22%)
Contract sum paid to each EA                                                          $84,000 to        $59,000 to
                                                                                       $438,000         $1 million
Total amount of commission paid to each EA                                                         Note 2
Length of contract for each EA                                                          0.6 to 9        2.5 to 18
                                                                                        months           months
Number of agency workers                                                                  37                 37
                                                                        Note 1
                                                                                        (±0%)
Distribution of posts taken up by agency workers                                      Agency workers mainly
                                                                                      undertake general office
                                                                                      support duties.
Monthly salary range of agency workers
•   $30,001 or above
•   $16,001 - $30,000
•   $8,001 - $16,000                                                                               Note 3
•   $6,501 - $8,000
•   $5,001 - $6,500
•   $5,000 or below
•   number of workers with a monthly salary below $5,824
•   number of workers with a monthly salary between $5,824
    and $6,500
Length of service of agency workers
•   5 years or longer
                                                                                                   Note 4
•   3 - 5 years
•   1 - 3 years
•   less than 1 year
Percentage of agency workers in the total number of staff in the                         0.3%               0.3%
Department                                                                              (±0%)


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                                                                    2012-13        2011-12        2010-11
                                                                                    (as at         (as at
                                                                                  30.9.2011)     31.3.2011)
(Note 5)
Percentage of amount paid to EAs in the total departmental staff                     0.1%             0.3%
cost                                                                               (-0.2%)
Number of agency workers with paid meal breaks
Number of agency workers without paid meal breaks                                            Note 6
Number of agency workers working 5 days a week                                       37                25
                                                                                   (+48%)


Number of agency workers working 6 days a week                                          0           12
                                                                                    (-100%)
                                                                          (    ) denotes year-on-year change

The above excludes the procurement of services for supply of T-contract staff providing information
technology service under a term contract centrally administered by the Office of the Government Chief
Information Officer.

Note 1 :    Figures for 2012-13 are not yet available as the number of agency workers varies over time in
            the light of changing service and operational needs.

Note 2 :    Commission is not included in the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the
            Department)’s service contracts entered into with employment agencies.

Note 3:     The wage levels were agreed upon between the agency workers and their employment agencies
            when they entered into employment contracts. The Department does not keep detailed records
            of the actual wage level of agency workers. Hence, we are unable to provide the information
            requested.

Note 4 :    The Department does not keep information on the years of service of agency workers. As long
            as the contract requirements are complied with, the employment agencies may arrange any
            qualified staff to provide the services.

Note 5 :    The percentage of agency workers as compared with total staff is for the specific date only and
            is not representative of the situation for the financial year concerned.

Note 6 :    The Department does not keep information on the number of agency workers with/without meal
            break.




                                                       Signature

                                            Name in block letters             Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date                 1.3.2012

                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)120
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title): 000 Operational
                                                                                                     2938
      Hygiene Department                                          expenses

Programme:

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

On engaging “outsourced workers”, please provide the following information:

                                                                               2012-13   2011-12      2010-11
  Number of outsourced service contracts                                         (   )     (   )        (   )
  Total amount paid to outsourced service providers                              (   )     (     )          (   )
  Length of contract for each outsourced service provider                        (   )     (     )          (   )
  Number of workers engaged through outsourced service providers                 (   )     (     )          (   )
  Distribution of posts taken up by outsourced workers (e.g. customer
  service, property management, security, cleansing and information
  technology)
  Monthly salary range of outsourced workers
  • $30,001 or above                                                             (   )     (     )          (   )
  • $16,001 - $30,000                                                            (   )     (     )          (   )
  • $8,001 - $16,000                                                             (   )     (     )          (   )
  • $6,501 - $8,000                                                              (   )     (     )          (   )
  • $5,001 - $6,500                                                              (   )     (     )          (   )
  • $5,000 or below                                                              (   )     (     )          (   )
  • number of workers with a monthly salary below $5,824                         (   )     (     )          (   )
  • number of workers with a monthly salary between $5,824 and $6,500            (   )     (     )          (   )
  Length of service of outsourced workers
  • 5 years or longer                                                            (   )     (     )          (   )
  • 3 - 5 years                                                                  (   )     (     )          (   )
  • 1 - 3 years                                                                  (   )     (     )          (   )
  • less than 1 year                                                             (   )     (     )          (   )
  Percentage of outsourced workers in the total number of staff in the           (   )     (     )          (   )
  Department
  Percentage of amount paid to outsourced service providers in the total         (   )     (     )          (   )
  departmental staff cost
  Number of outsourced workers with paid meal breaks                             (   )      (   )     (   )
  Number of outsourced workers without paid meal breaks                          (   )      (   )     (   )
  Number of outsourced workers working 5 days a week                             (   )      (   )     (   )
  Number of outsourced workers working 6 days a week                             (   )      (   )     (   )
                                                                Figures in (   ) denote year-on-year changes

Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing



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Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows-

                                                 2012-13        2011-12              2010-11
                                                           (as at 31.12.2011)   (as at 31.3.2011)
Number of outsourced service contracts                            129                 127
                                                                (+1.6%)             (-3.8%)
Total amount paid to outsourced service                     $1,339.6 million    $1,222.1 million
providers                                                      (estimate)           (actual)
                                                                (+9.6%)             (+2.4%)
Length of contract for each outsourced service
                                                                   Please see Table below
provider
Number of workers engaged through                                11 593             11 574
outsourced service providers                                    (+0.2%)             (-0.9%)
Distribution of posts taken up by outsourced               Outsourced workers mainly undertake
workers (e.g. customer service, property                   work relating to various types of
management, security, cleansing and                        services including cleansing, public
information technology)                                    toilet management, pest control,
                                                           security, etc.
Monthly salary range of outsourced workers

• $30,001 or above                                                 0                   0



• $16,001 - $30,000                                                0                   0
                                                 Note 1


• $8,001 - $16,000                                                798                1 044
                                                               (-23.6%)             (-3.2%)


• $6,501 - $8,000                                                10 795              1 648
                                                               (+555.0%)            (-0.8%)


• $5,001 - $6,500                                                  0                 8 882
                                                                (-100%)             (-0.6%)


• $5,000 or below                                                  0                   0



                                                                   0                  8 807
• number of workers with a monthly salary
  below $5,824                                                  (-100%)             (-0.01%)


• number of workers with a monthly salary                          0                   75
  between $5,824 and $6,500                                     (-100%)             (-40.5%)




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                                                2012-13        2011-12              2010-11
                                                          (as at 31.12.2011)   (as at 31.3.2011)
Length of service of outsourced workers
• 5 years or longer
• 3 - 5 years                                                    Note 2
• 1 - 3 years
• less than 1 year
Percentage of outsourced workers in the total                 100.7%               100.4%
number of staff in the Department                             (+0.3%)              (+0.3%)
Percentage of amount paid to outsourced         Note 1         50.4%                49.8%
service providers in the total departmental                   (+0.6%)              (+1.2%)
staff cost
Number of outsourced workers with paid
meal break
                                                                 Note 3
Number of outsourced workers without paid
meal break
Number of outsourced workers working 5
days a week
                                                                 Note 4
Number of outsourced workers working 6
days a week
                                                                 (   ) denote year-on-year change




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Table      Length of service contracts

                                                     2011-12                             2010-11
 Length                                       (No. as at 31.12.2011)               (No. as at 31.3.2011)

 Below 1 year                                           1                                      1

 1 year                                                 1                                      2

 2 years                                               111                                 109

 3 years                                                1                                      1

 5 years                                                15                                     14


Note 1 :       Figures for 2012-13 are not yet available.

Note 2 :       The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) does not keep information
               on the length of service of outsourced workers. As long as the contract requirements are
               complied with, the contractor may arrange any qualified staff to provide the services.

Note 3 :       The Department does not keep information on the number of outsourced workers with/without
               paid meal break.

Note 4 :       The Department does not keep information on the number of days an outsourced worker works
               in a week.




                                                            Signature

                                              Name in block letters             Clement LEUNG

                                                                                   Director of
                                                            Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                                 Date               1.3.2012




                                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)121
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                 2958
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

The indicator for “food complaints handled” increased from 3 737 in 2010 (Actual) to 4 265 in 2011
(Actual). Please advise on:

(a)      the reason(s) for the increase in number;

(b)      whether the complaints were categorised; if yes, the number of complaints in each category for the
         past three years;

(c)      the expenditure involved in increasing the indicator; and

(d)      whether additional manpower will be deployed to achieve the enhanced indicator of 4 200 in
         2012 (Estimate); if yes, the expenditure to be involved.

Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows -

(a)      The increase in the number of food complaints in 2011 was attributed to the occurrence of a number
         of food incidents in 2011, including the contamination of German eggs by dioxin in January; radiation
         contamination of imported food from Japan due to the Fukushima Nuclear Plant incident in March;
         plasticiser contamination in Taiwanese food in May and reports of faked egg/faked beef in
         January/May.

(b)      The number of food complaints handled by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department from
         2009 to 2011 with breakdown by nature is provided as follows -

      Nature of Complaints                               2009             2010                2011
      Unwholesome food                                   2 115            2 059               2 152
      Foreign substances in food                         1 127            1 018               1 017
      Chemicals in food                                   558              393                 647
      Labelling issues                                    227              176                 208
      Fake/counterfeit food                               160               53                 167
      Others                                               40               38                  74
      Total number of cases                              4 227            3 737               4 265




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(c) and (d)
       As the estimated number of food complaints in 2012 is similar to the number of food complaints in
       2011, the manpower and expenditure provided for handling food complaints will remain the same.




                                                     Signature

                                          Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                            Director of
                                                     Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                          Date              29.2.2012




                                                                         Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)122
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    2959
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

With regard to the Department’s plan to “enhance law enforcement at hawker areas with fixed pitches to
ensure compliance and to contain obstruction and fire safety risk”, please advise on:

(a)      the estimated expenditure involved and whether additional manpower will be required;

(b)      the details of such plans; and

(c)      whether the Department has taken into account the potential impact of enhanced enforcement on the
         operation of the stalls and the livelihood of the stall owners, and whether the Department will strike a
         balance between ensuring public safety and protecting the livelihood of the stall owners so as to avoid
         being too stringent in taking enforcement actions.

Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows-

(a)      The enhanced law enforcement actions are undertaken through existing staff resources.

(b)      In the wake of the fire at the hawker stalls at Fa Yuen Street on 30 November last year, the Food and
         Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) has strengthened law enforcement actions
         against non-compliance with the relevant legislation and licensing conditions in hawker areas with a
         large number of hawker stalls. Such actions are targeted at the following irregularities to reduce fire
         risks posed by hawker stalls:
         (1) stall canopies made of or covered with combustible materials;
         (2) overnight storage of goods outside the approved stall areas;
         (3) obstruction of passageways; and
         (4) stall sub-letting.




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(c)   The stall hawkers are obliged to comply with the law and licensing conditions. The primary
      objectives of the Department’s enforcement actions are to ensure environmental hygiene and to
      reduce fire safety risks. The Department maintains regular dialogue with hawker associations and
      stall hawkers to address their concerns.




                                                   Signature

                                        Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                          Director of
                                                   Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                        Date               1.3.2012




                                                                       Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                   Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)123
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental                Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                2960
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is stated that the Department will “take forward plans and projects to provide more crematorium and
columbarium facilities”. Please advise on:

(a)      the details of the plans and the services to be provided;

(b)      the estimated expenditure involved;

(c)      with regard to the reprovisioning of Wo Hop Shek Crematorium, the reprovisioning of Cape
         Collinson Crematorium as well as the construction of a new public columbarium and a Garden of
         Remembrance in the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery, the work progress of these projects and the time when
         the new facilities will come into service; and

(d)      the progress of consultation with relevant District Councils on the sites for building public
         columbarium facilities and whether the sites for developing new crematoria and columbaria have
         been confirmed; if yes, the details of the sites.

Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows-


(a) to (c) On public crematorium facilities, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the
           Department) is upgrading the cremators by phases to increase their handling capacity. The Wo
           Hop Shek Crematorium is being reprovisioned at an estimated cost of $686.3 million for
           constructing six cremators and other ancillary facilities. The project is scheduled for completion
           in mid 2012. The reprovisioning of the Cape Collinson Crematorium to provide for ten new
           cremators and other ancillary facilities, at an estimated cost of $696.3 million, is also underway
           for completion in two phases in mid 2012 and late 2014 respectively. With the completion of
           these two reprovisioning projects, the number of scheduled cremation sessions per annum will be
           increased by 31.3% from 40 200 in 2011 to 52 800.

             On public columbarium facilities, the construction of a new public columbarium with 43 710
             niches and a Garden of Remembrance in the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery, at an estimated cost of
             $629.5 million, is underway for completion in mid 2012. The Department is also constructing
             1 540 new niches in the Diamond Hill Columbarium at an estimated cost of $0.76 million, and
             will construct 990 new niches in the Cheung Chau Cemetery at an estimated cost of $10.76
             million in 2013. The construction works in Diamond Hill Columbarium will be completed in



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      early 2012 whereas the construction works in Cheung Chau Cemetery will be completed in late
      2013.

(d)   On public crematorium facilities, with the completion of the two reprovisioning projects as
      mentioned in the answer to questions (a) to (c) above, we expect the cremation capacity will
      sufficiently meet the cremation demand up to the early 2020s. On public columbarium facilities,
      the Administration has been promoting the district-based columbarium development scheme and
      has identified 24 potential sites in 18 districts in Hong Kong for columbarium development. The
      above-mentioned sites in the Diamond Hill Columbarium and Cheung Chau Cemetery are two of
      the 24 potential sites. The Administration is conducting feasibility studies on the remaining sites
      and will consult the relevant District Councils before the sites are confirmed for development.




                                                   Signature

                                       Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                          Director of
                                                   Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                        Date                1.3.2012




                                                                        Session 18 FHB(FE)
                         Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                           Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                    FHB(FE)124
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                                 Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental                Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                         2961
      Hygiene Department

Programme:                (4) Public Education and Community Involvement

Controlling Officer:      Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:       Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

It is stated that the Department will “continue to strengthen the promotional activities on nutrition labelling”.
Please provide information on the following:

(a)      the plans to enhance the promotional and education activities on nutrition labelling, the details of such
         plans and the estimated expenditure to be involved;

(b)      the ways to assess the effectiveness of the promotional activities on nutrition labelling; whether
         indicators will be set to evaluate the effectiveness of the activities; if yes, the details of the indicators;

(c)      the numbers of inspections conducted and non-compliant cases detected since the implementation of
         the Nutrition Labelling Scheme; and

(d)      the Department’s response to the comments made by the Director of Audit in his report published at
         the end of 2011 criticising the Centre for Food Safety for failing to perform its work effectively in the
         regulatory control over the existing Nutrition Labelling Scheme and that its performance in various
         areas such as accuracy and legibility of nutrition labels, nutrition and health claims, etc., was less than
         satisfactory and needed to be improved, and the measures to step up the regulatory control of nutrition
         labelling.

Asked by: Hon. WONG Kwok-hing

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a)    Since the passage of the Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling) (Amendment: Requirements for
       Nutrition Labelling and Nutrition Claim) Regulation 2008 (the Regulation) by the Legislative Council
       in mid-2008, the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) had launched a three-year Publicity and Education
       Campaign (the Campaign) on promoting nutrition labelling, implemented in three phases :

      (1) to raise public awareness in Phase I (June 2008 – July 2009);

      (2) to enhance understanding in Phase II (August 2009 – June 2010); and

      (3) to motivate behavioural changes in Phase III (July 2010 – June 2011).



       To sustain the efforts, CFS has launched another two-year enhanced education and publicity
       programme on nutrition labelling since July 2011. CFS will continue to work with the education sector


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      and community organizations in promoting the use of nutrition information on the labels among the
      general public and students through the following programmes -

      (i)     during the academic year 2010/11, CFS and the Education Bureau jointly organised the
              “Live it, Use it” Nutrition Labelling Promotion Award Scheme (the Award Scheme). Under
              the Award Scheme, a total of 35 teams from 21 secondary schools involving 256 students took
              part in various creative activities. An award presentation ceremony cum Food Safety Day was
              held in July 2011. The Award Scheme for the academic year 2011/12 has started since
              September 2011; and

      (ii)    building on the model of the Award Scheme, another scheme targeting at users of community
              organizations service, namely the “Live it, Use it” Nutrition Labelling Fun Shopping Award
              Scheme, supported by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, has been launched since
              December 2011.

      To promote the wider application of the nutrition information in our daily life, CFS has also launched
      a mobile application “Nutrition Calculator” (“NuCal”) in October 2011. With “NuCal”, one can set
      up a personal database on food items for recording nutrition information of their favourite
      prepackaged food items. The estimated level of nutrient intake can be worked out by inputting the
      amount of food consumed. Users may then compare it with the upper limit of the daily intake and
      make necessary adjustments as appropriate. As at 15 February 2012, “NuCal” had recorded about
      28 000 downloads.



      The above promotion work is undertaken by existing staff and the expenditure cannot be separately
      identified.



(b)   CFS evaluates the Campaign by means of two large-scale surveys. The first one was conducted in
      mid-2008, called the “Survey on Public Knowledge, Attitude and Practice regarding Food Safety and
      Nutrition Labelling”. The findings were released through a press conference. The second survey
      will be conducted in 2012 to evaluate the effectiveness of the Campaign, through using quantifiable
      indicators such as the number of visits to websites and the number of participants in publicity and
      education activities.



(c)    As at 17 February 2012, CFS had checked 18 921 prepackaged food products since the
       commencement of the Nutrition Labelling Scheme (the Scheme) on 1 July 2010, with 180 found to be
       non-compliant. The overall compliance rate is 99.05%.   A detailed breakdown of the 180 cases is
       as follows -

                                                               No. of cases for the period of
                         Nature of non-compliance
                                                                    1.7.2010 - 17.2.2012

               No nutrition label or incomplete 1+7 core                     68
               nutrients label

               Inappropriate nutrition label format                          7

               Inappropriate nutrient claim                                  18




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               Inappropriate language                                          17

               Involved more than one type of irregularity                      9

               Discrepancy    on   declared    nutrient   value                61
               confirmed after our chemical analysis

               Total                                                           180




(d)   CFS welcomes the Audit Report and would proceed to implement the recommendations therein as
      follows –

      (i)   surveillance and enforcement : CFS has initially targeted at chain supermarkets to maximize the
            portion of the population to be benefited from the Scheme, hence enhancing public health. In
            view of the high compliance rate of chained supermarkets, CFS has adjusted its enforcement
            strategy by focusing on small retail outlets since 1 April 2011.

      (ii) legibility of nutrition labels : In December 2011, CFS issued a draft “Trade Guidelines on
           Preparation of Legible Food Label” for consultation which ended on 31 January 2012. CFS is
           now consolidating the comments received and will finalise the guidelines by April 2012.

      (iii) Regulation of health claims: The Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap. 132)
            and its subsidiary legislation have safeguarded the safety of foods in general and in particular,
            protected consumers from being misled by false labelling or advertisement. Our efforts have
            been further enhanced with the commencement of the Scheme. The Scheme enables consumers
            to make healthy food choices, encourages food manufacturers to provide food products that are
            conducive to public health and meet sound nutrition principles, and regulates misleading or
            deceptive nutrition information labels and claims. The Undesirable Medical Advertisements
            (Amendment) Ordinance (UMA(A)O) provides that health food products carrying medical
            claims but not registered under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Cap. 138) or the Chinese
            Medicine Ordinance (CMO) (Cap. 549) must carry an additional disclaimer indicating so. The
            UMA(A)O will be brought into operation on 1 June 2012.

      (iv) Non-compliant cases identified in the Audit Report: CFS is taking follow up actions on suspected
           non-compliant cases identified in the Audit Report, upon receipt of the detailed information from
           the Audit. Enforcement actions will be taken under section 61 of the Public Health and
           Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap.132) if any person is found to use or display a food label
           which falsely describes the food or is calculated to mislead as to its nature, substance or quality.




                                                          Signature

                                              Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                 Director of
                                                          Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                               Date                 29.2.2012



                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)125
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental           Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                0960
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please advise on the number of in-house staff, contractors and contractor staff engaged in the provision of
public cleansing services under this programme.

What was the Department’s expenditure on the aforesaid services for 2011-12?

What is the Department’s estimated expenditure on the aforesaid services for 2012-13?

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yuk-man

Reply:

As at 31 January 2012, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department engaged 3 090 in-house staff,
18 contractors and 7 406 contractor staff in the provision of public cleansing services.

The estimated expenditure on the aforesaid services for 2011-12 and 2012-13 is $1,840.1 million and
$1,945.9 million respectively.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date               29.2.2012




                                                                           Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)126
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental               Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   1482
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please provide information on the following in respect of the arrangements for supply of food to Hong Kong:

(a)      the number of Mainland production farms approved for exporting food to Hong Kong, with a
         breakdown by province and by the type of food exported, such as vegetables, fruits, live pigs, live
         cattle, live chickens, freshwater fish, etc.; and

(b)      the number of inspections conducted by the Department to the above production farms and whether
         any production farms were disqualified from exporting food to Hong Kong in each of the past three
         years (i.e. from 2009-10 to 2011-12); if yes, the reasons for disqualification.



Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung Kan

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows -

(a)      According to the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
         (AQSIQ), the number of registered Mainland farms exporting live food animals, fish, vegetables and
         fruits to Hong Kong in 2011 by type and location is tabulated as follows –


                                               No. of registered farms for each food type

                                                                         Live
                                                                       Aquatic
Province or cities         Poultry      Pig         Cattle      Goat   Animals Fish* Vegetable        Fruit#
                                                                       (except
                                                                         fish)
Guangdong(廣東)                43          90            3                  4       60        158           181
Shenzhen(深圳)                  6          3                                                   6             1
Zhuhai(珠海)                   12          6                                        5          1             5
Anhui(安徽)                                              1                  14                               2
Beijing(北京)                                            5                                     4            16
Chongqing(重慶)                            1                                                   1             4



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                                           No. of registered farms for each food type

                                                                     Live
                                                                   Aquatic
Province or cities     Poultry       Pig        Cattle     Goat    Animals Fish* Vegetable      Fruit#
                                                                   (except
                                                                     fish)
Fujian(福建)                            1                                                 11       225
Gansu(甘肅)                                         2                                     9        123
Guangxi(廣西)                           10                     1                          2        113
Guizhou(貴州)                                       1                                     3          1
Hainan(海南)                 2          1                                                 15        51
Hebei(河北)                                         4                                     22       237
Heilongjiang(黑龍江)                                 1                                                6
Henan(河南)                             22          1                                     14        23
Hubei(湖北)                             31          1                   8       7         10        38
Hunan(湖南)                             40          1                   4       3         50        64
Jiangsu(江蘇)                                                           18                25
Jiangxi(江西)                           22          1                   1       7         15        35
Jilin(吉林)                                         1                                                1
Liaoning(遼寧)                                                          3       2         5        271
Neimongol(內蒙古)                                    5                                      1
Ningxia(寧夏)                                                                             17         9
Qinghai(青海)                                       1
Shaanxi(陝西)                                       2                                               635
Shandong(山東)                                                                            62        675
Shanxi(山西)                                        3                                      2        37
Shanghai(上海)                          7                                                 13         2
Sichuan(四川)                                                                              2        48
Tianjin(天津)                                       1                                      7
Xinjiang(新疆)                                                                                      584
Yunnan(雲南)                                                   1                          55        99
Zhejiang(浙江)                          10                              9                 18       116

    Total no. of
                          63         244          34         2        61      84        528      3 602
  registered farms



   * According to AQSIQ’s registered farm list, freshwater fish farms and seawater fish farms are grouped
     under fish farms and there is no further breakdown in the number of these two types of farms.


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      #
          According to AQSIQ’s website, orchards and processing plants registered with AQSIQ are eligible to
          export their fruits to the world (including Hong Kong).

(b)       A total of 84, 91 and 90 inspections to registered Mainland farms were conducted in 2009, 2010 and
          2011 respectively. The breakdown of farms inspected by type is tabulated as follows -

                                             Live Aquatic
                  Poultry    Pig    Cattle   Animal Farms            Fish Farms        Vegetable
                                                                                                    Orchards
                  Farms     Farms   Farms     (except fish     (freshwater/seawater)    Farms
                                                 farms)
    No. of
 Inspections        35        9        -            8                  9/3                20           -
   in 2009
    No. of
 Inspections        41        8       3             1                 14 / 4              16           4
   in 2010
    No. of
 Inspections        31       12       5             4                 15 / 3              20           -
   in 2011


          AQSIQ is the authority for approving and disqualifying registered Mainland farms.




                                                         Signature

                                              Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date               29.2.2012




                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)127
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  2608
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please provide information on the following:

(a)   the expenditure and manpower involved in handling the work of the Liquor Licensing Board in
      2012-13;

(b)   the number of existing liquor licences in the territory, the location of liquor-licensed premises and the
      types of premises (residential, commercial or composite commercial / residential buildings) in which
      they are located; and

(c)   the total number of liquor licence applications received in the past three years; among them, the
      number of applications granted and refused, the number of appeals lodged and the success rate of
      appeals.

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan



Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows –

(a) In the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, there are 35 staff, including contract staff, in three
    licensing offices handling liquor and club liquor licence applications and appeals as part of their
    licensing-related duties. Besides, four staff are deployed for providing secretariat service to the Liquor
    Licensing Board (LLB). There is no separate breakdown of the expenditure involved in the handling
    of liquor licence applications and appeals.




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(b) The numbers of existing liquor licences in the territory by districts are provided in the table below.
    There is no separate breakdown on the types of buildings in which the licensed premises are located.


                                           No. of Liquor Licences
                                                (as at end-2011)
                     District                                                    Total
                                                            Club Liquor
                                    Liquor Licences
                                                             Licences

            Central and Western            662                     82             744

            Wanchai                        776                     131            907

            Eastern                        308                     15             323

            Southern                       110                     26             136

            Islands                        201                     18             219

            Yau Tsim Mong                 1 411                    110            1 521

            Sham Shui Po                   190                      9             199

            Kowloon City                   320                     22             342

            Wong Tai Sin                   129                      2             131

            Kwun Tong                      208                     10             218

            Kwai Tsing                     96                       3              99

            Tsuen Wan                      190                     13             203

            Tuen Mun                       143                      7             150

            Yuen Long                      189                     11             200

            North                          76                       7              83

            Tai Po                         105                      4             109

            Shatin                         186                     10             196

            Sai Kung                       168                      8             176

            Total                        5 468                     488            5 956




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(c) Statistics on the applications for liquor licence are provided as follows –

                           Year                            2009             2010                2011

       Number of applications for issue of new              874             956                 930
       liquor licence (including club liquor
       licence)

       Number of liquor licences (including club            793             918                 812
       liquor licences) approved by LLBNote

       Number of applications refused by LLBNote            16               17                 23

       Number of appeals lodged with Municipal              14               13                 14
       Services Appeals Board (MSAB)

       Success rate of appeals (i.e. appeals               50%              23%                 38%
       allowed by MSAB)



      (Note: Applications for liquor licence received in one year may be carried forward with the processing
      completed in the subsequent year.)




                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date                  29.2.2012




                                                                                  Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)128
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    2609
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

Question:

Please provide information on the following:

(a)      the total number of complaints received concerning liquor-licensed premises in the past three years
         (i.e. in 2009, 2010 and 2011), the districts in which these premises were located, the type and nature
         of the complaints and their investigation results;

(b)      the number of inspections to liquor-licensed premises in the past three years and the districts for
         inspection;

(c)      the number of non-compliance cases involving liquor-licensed premises (including contravention of
         the ordinance governing liquor licences or commission of other offences) in the past three years and
         the nature of these cases; and

(d)      the number of liquor licences revoked in the past three years and the reasons for revocation.

Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

Reply:

The information sought is provided as follows -

(a)      The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) handles environmental hygiene
         related complaints against licensed food premises, including those issued with liquor licences,
         whereas the Hong Kong Police Force (the Police) handles complaints on non-compliance with liquor
         licensing conditions. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, the number of complaints investigated and found
         substantiated by the Department concerning food premises which were also issued with liquor-
         licences was 962, 1 122 and 1 259 respectively, and the breakdown is at Annex. Statistics on
         complaints received by the Police against liquor-licensed premises are not readily available.

(b)      The Department inspects food premises, including those issued with liquor licences, once every 4, 10
         and 20 weeks according to their risk types under the “Risk-based Inspection System” whereas clubs
         with catering facilities, including those holding club liquor licences, are inspected once every 10
         weeks. In 2010 and 2011, the Police conducted over 18 000 inspections annually to liquor-licensed
         premises. There are no available statistics for 2009.

(c)      In 2010 and 2011, the number of prosecutions instituted by the Police against liquor-licensed premises
         for non-compliance of licensing conditions was 97 and 243 respectively. There are no available
         statistics for 2009.

(d)      The number of liquor licences (including club liquor licences) revoked in 2009, 2010 and 2011 with
         breakdown by reasons is provided in the table below.


                                                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
Reasons for revocation of liquor                 Number of liquor licence revoked
licence
                                        2009                   2010                  2011

Cessation of business                    15                     16                    19

Licensee      leaving    without
                                          0                      4                    1
transferring the licence

Death of licensee                         0                      0                    1

Breach of licensing condition             5                      7                    6

Total                                    20                     27                    27




                                               Signature

                                   Name in block letters             Clement LEUNG

                                                                      Director of
                                               Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                    Date               29.2.2012




                                                                     Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                   Annex

   Number of Substantiated Complaints concerning Liquor-Licensed Premises

                             in 2009, 2010 and 2011




                         Environmental Hygiene               Obstruction
      District
                       2009         2010      2011    2009     2010         2011

Central and Western      1            3         7      3         0           10

      Eastern            3            3         3      36       23           19

     Southern            4            5         3      3         1           3

    Wan Chai            65           39         52     4         3           2

      Islands            2            2         3      17       10           12

 Yau Tsim Mong          73           84        63     144      165          181

  Sham Shui Po          46           42        49      34       70           24

  Kowloon City           2            2         4      15       16           23

   Wong Tai Sin         43           24         27     48       61           59

   Kwun Tong            39           35        32      19       33           30

    Tsuen Wan            3            5         5      48       50           62

    Kwai Tsing          15           15         24     8        10           6

      North              1            0         0      6         5           17

      Tai Po             0            0         0      72      110          113

     Sai Kung            2            0         0      5         2           16

     Sha Tin            42           37        39      58      121          210

    Tuen Mun             0            0         0      19       11           18

    Yuen Long           51           87        93      31       48           50

      Total             392         383        404    570      739          855




                                                        Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)129
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head:      49 Food and Environmental        Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  2610
           Hygiene Department

Programme:              (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

     Question:

     With regard to the mosquito control work, the number of mosquito breeding places eliminated
     dropped substantially from 55 225 in 2010 (Actual) to only 47 039 in 2011 (Actual), and the
     number for 2012 (Estimate) will be 47 000. Please advise this Committee on:

     (a)     the Department’s expenditure and manpower involved in the anti-mosquito work in 2012-13;
     and

     (b)      the new mosquito control plans by the Department.

     Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

     Reply:

     The information sought is provided as follows –

     (a)      The estimated expenditure involved in mosquito control work in 2012-13 is $206.1 million.
              The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) and its contractors
              have a total workforce of about 2 260 in providing pest control services.

     (b)      The Department will continue to adopt an integrated approach in the prevention and control
              of mosquitoes. Under this approach, the Department implements a dengue vector
              surveillance programme to monitor the distribution of Aedes albopictus at selected areas,
              evaluate the effectiveness of mosquito prevention and control work carried out by various
              parties, and provide surveillance information to the public and for making timely
              adjustments to its mosquito control strategies and measures. Moreover, the Department
              organises annual anti-mosquito campaigns on a territory-wide basis to heighten public
              awareness of the potential risk of mosquito-borne diseases, encourage community
              participation and promote concerted efforts of government departments concerned in anti-
              mosquito work.




                                                             Signature

                                                 Name in block letters             Clement LEUNG

                                                                                      Director of
                                                             Post Title     Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                                     Date              1.3.2012

                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)130
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                         Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental               Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                 2611
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

  Question:

  Please advise on the number of samples taken from various Fresh Food Wholesale Markets for testing in
  each of the past three years (i.e. in 2009, 2010 and 2011), with a breakdown by food type and market, as
  well as the number of samples with testing results exceeding the safety levels.



  Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

  Reply:

  The number of food samples taken from North District Temporary Wholesale Market for Agricultural
  Products, Cheung Sha Wan and Western Wholesale Food Markets in 2009 to 2011 are as follows -

                                                               Number of food samples taken

   Wholesale Food         Food category                2009               2010                  2011
      Market

  North     District vegetable                          35                  7                    9
  Temporary
  Wholesale Market
  for   Agricultural
  Products

  Cheung Sha Wan vegetable                              839                 860                1 032
  Wholesale Food
  Market         poultry egg                              51                131                  116

                        aquatic product                   17                 26                   18

  Western               vegetable                       415                 433                  941
  Wholesale     Food
  Market                fruit                          1 339              1 205                1 208

                        poultry egg                       37                 89                  116

                        aquatic product                   26                 20                   20

                                      Total           2 759               2 771                3 460



                                                                            Session 18 FHB(FE)
In each of the above-mentioned three years, there was one sample each from Cheung Sha Wan
Wholesale Food Market and Western Wholesale Food Market found not meeting safety standards.
Samples taken at North District Temporary Wholesale Market for Agricultural Products were all
satisfactory.




                                                 Signature

                                      Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                                                        Director of
                                                 Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                      Date              29.2.2012




                                                                  Session 18 FHB(FE)
                         Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                    Reply Serial No.
                                                                                             FHB(FE)131
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                 2612
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

  Question:

  Please provide information on the following:

  (a)   the number of rodent infestation complaints received in the past three years, with a breakdown by
        district;

  (b)   the total number of rodents trapped in 2011 as 50 781 trappings were conducted;

  (c)   the Department’s expenditure and manpower involved in rodent disinfestation work in 2012-13;
        and

  (d)   the Department’s special measures to tackle rodent blackspots with higher infestation rates.

  Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

  Reply:

  The information sought is provided as follows –

  (a)      The required figures are as follows -

                                                             Year
                       District
                                              2009           2010        2011
            Central & Western                  607            605         585
            Eastern                            472            505         453
            Southern                           144            163         140
            Wan Chai                           392            372         373
            Islands                            105            222         137
            Kowloon City                       540            610         492
            Kwun Tong                          250            306         242
            Wong Tai Sin                       147            199         144
            Sham Shui Po                       577            577         510
            Yau Tsim Mong                      957            971         858
            Sai Kung                           318            425         380
            Sha Tin                            309            261         248
            Tai Po                             280            322         267
            North                              197            179         169


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                                                    Year
                District
                                       2009         2010           2011
       Kwai Tsing                       160          221            203
       Tsuen Wan                        593          414            555
       Tuen Mun                         402          507            480
       Yuen Long                        613          512            397
       Territory-wide                  7 063        7 371          6 633


(b)   The number of rodents trapped in 2011 is 10 163.

(c)   The estimated expenditure involved in rodent control work in 2012-13 is $138.6 million. The
      Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) and its contractors have a total
      workforce of about 2 260 in providing pest control services.

(d)   The Department will continue to enhance anti-rodent control work and launch district-specific
      publicity and educational programmes to promote greater community involvement in rodent
      control and prevention, in addition to its regular pest control work and annual territory-wide
      publicity campaigns.




                                                     Signature

                                         Name in block letters             Clement LEUNG

                                                                            Director of
                                                     Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                          Date                1.3.2012




                                                                      Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)132
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   2613
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

  Question:

  Please provide information on the following:

  (a)      the number and location of hygiene blackspots in various districts as identified by the Department
           in 2009, 2010 and 2011;

  (b)      the expenditure and manpower involved in tackling the hygiene blackspots in 2011-12;

  (c)      whether special measures such as installing closed-circuit televisions or taking blitz prosecution
           actions will be introduced to deal with locations which have been repeatedly identified as hygiene
           blackspots; and

  (d)      the Department’s estimated expenditure and manpower involved in the provision of cleansing
           services in 2012-13, with a breakdown by type of services.

  Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

  Reply:

  The information sought is provided as follows –

  (a)      Following the outbreak of Human Swine Influenza in May 2009, the Food and Environmental
           Hygiene Department (the Department), in consultation with District Councils, had identified 105
           hygiene blackspots in the territory for enhanced clean-up operations and they were all eradiated in
           February 2010. A list of these blackspots is at Annex. The Department did not identify any
           hygiene blackspot in 2011.

  (b)      In 2011-12, the Department has continued to upkeep the cleanliness and hygiene condition of
           these hygiene blackspots by utilising existing resources. The estimated expenditure on street
           cleansing service for 2012-13 is $1,532.1 million, but the Department does not have breakdown
           of expenditure and manpower involved in tackling the hygiene blackspots.

  (c)      The Department will continue to closely monitor the cleanliness and hygiene condition of these
           hygiene blackspots, and step up clean-up operation and enforcement action as necessary.




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(d)   The Department provides two types of public cleansing services, namely waste collection service
      and street cleansing service. The estimated expenditure on waste collection service and street
      cleansing service in 2012-13 are $413.8 million and $1,532.1 million respectively, and the
      manpower involved (including contractors’ staff) are about 780 and 9 710 respectively.




                                                     Signature

                                         Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                            Director of
                                                     Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                          Date               1.3.2012




                                                                          Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                             Annex


            List of environmental hygiene blackspots as at May 2009

Hong Kong and Islands

  Central and Western   Rear lane of 33 Graham Street and 22 Peel Street

  Central and Western   Rear lane at 73-76 Connaught Road West

  Central and Western   Rear lane between 288 Queen’s Road West and 55-61 First
                        Street

  Central and Western   Rear lane at 17-19 Wellington Street and Chuk On Lane

  Central and Western   Rear lane of 134, 136 and 138 Jervois Street

  Central and Western   Rear lane of 39-55 Cadogan Street

  Central and Western   Rear lane of Sai Wan New Apartments, 177-185 Belcher’s
                        Street

        Eastern         Chun Yeung Street (between Tong Shui Road and North
                        Point Road), and Java Road (between Tong Shui Road and
                        North Point Road)

        Eastern         Electric Road (between Oil Street and Power Street) and
                        adjacent rear lanes, and Kam Ping Street and adjacent rear
                        lanes

        Eastern         Shing On Street (between Shaukeiwan Road and Yiu Hing
                        Road), and Sai Wan Ho Street (between Hoi An Street and
                        Tai Ning Street) and adjacent rear lanes

        Eastern         Kam Wa Street (between Shau Kei Wan Main Street East and
                        Aldrich Street), Mong Lung Street and Tai Tak Street and
                        adjacent rear lanes

        Eastern         Siu Sai Wan Road (Harmony Garden) and Fu Yee Road
                        (Cheerful Garden)

       Southern         Rear lane of 1-23 Tung Shing Road

       Southern         Rear lane of 12-26 Wu Pak Street

       Southern         Rear Lane of 53-81 Shek Pai Wan Road

       Southern         Rear Lane and Side Lane 181-185 of Aberdeen Main Road



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    Wan Chai      Lane at rear of Tai Wong Street East and Swatow Street

    Wan Chai      Lane at rear of Burrows Street (Ming Fung Building)

    Wan Chai      Lane at rear of Yee Wo Street and Jardine’s Bazaar

    Wan Chai      Lane at rear of Jaffe Road and Lockhart Road (between
                  Fleming Road and O’Brien Road)

    Wan Chai      Lane at rear of Jaffe Road and Lockhart Road (between Canal
                  Road and Marsh Road)

      Islands     Vacant area near 1 Tai San Street

      Islands     Lane at rear of Pak She Praya Road between Pak She Fourth
                  Lane and Pak She Sixth Lane

      Islands     Back lane at 1-15 Wing Hing Street

Kowloon

   Kowloon City   Area bounded by Tokwawan Road, Lok Shan Road, Yuk Yat
                  Street and Kwei Chow Street

   Kowloon City   Area bounded by Bailey Street, Sung On Street, Ngan Hon
                  Street, Tokwawan Road and Ma Tau Wai Road

   Kowloon City   Area bounded by Mok Cheong Street, Ma Tau Chung Road,
                  Ma Tau Wai Road, Ma Hang Chung Road, Pau Chung Street,
                  San Shan Road and Pak Tai Street

   Kowloon City   Area bounded by Whampoa Street, Bulkeley Street, Chatham
                  Road North and Winslow Street

   Kowloon City   Area bounded by Junction Road, Nga Tsin Wai Road, Tak Ku
                  Ling Road and Carpenter Road

   Kwun Tong      Shui Wo Street and the vicinity

   Kwun Tong      Yue Man Square and the vicinity

   Kwun Tong      Ngau Tau Kok Road, On Wah Street, Ngau Tau Kok Market
                  and the vicinity

   Kwun Tong      Tsun Yip Street, Tsun Yip Lane and the vicinity

   Kwun Tong      Ting On Street, Ting Fu Street, Tai Yip Street and the vicinity




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Kwun Tong      Rear lane of Wai Yip Street between How Ming Street and
               Hoi Yuen Road

Sham Shui Po   Area bounded by Tai Po Road, Yen Chow Street, Cheung Sha
               Wan Road and Nam Cheong Street

Sham Shui Po   Area bounded by Cheung Sha Wan Road, Nam Cheong
               Street, Lai Chi Kok Road and Yen Chow Street

Sham Shui Po   Area bounded by Lai Chi Kok Road, Yen Chow Street, Tung
               Chau Street and Nam Cheong Street

Sham Shui Po   Area bounded by Po On Road, Wing Lung Street, Un Chau
               Street and Hing Wah Street

 Mong Kok      Lane at rear of 7-39 Fa Yuen Street

 Mong Kok      Lane at rear and side of 165-203 Sai Yee Street

 Mong Kok      Lane at rear of Tai Shing Building and Tai Chuen Building,
               Cosmopolitan Estate

 Mong Kok      Lane at rear and side of 78-80 Fuk Tsuen Street

 Mong Kok      Lane at rear of 33 Mong Kok Road

 Mong Kok      Lane at rear and at side of 132-158 Sai Yeung Choi Street
               South

 Mong Kok      Lane at rear and at side of 61-91 Sai Yee Street

 Mong Kok      Lane at rear of 1061-1103 Canton Road and 1-3 Argyle Street

 Mong Kok      Lane at side of 30 Ka Shin Street

 Yau Tsim      Rear lane of 33C-45 Portland Street

 Yau Tsim      Rear lane of 3-5 Tung Fong Street

 Yau Tsim      Rear lane between Hau Fook Street and Granville Road

 Yau Tsim      Rear lane of Granville Circuit

 Yau Tsim      Rear lane of 77-107 Parkes Street

 Yau Tsim      Rear lane of 2-32 Parkes Street

 Yau Tsim      Rear lane of Woosung Street between Jordan Road to
               Nanking Street

 Yau Tsim      Rear lane of 123-149 Temple Street


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     Yau Tsim     Rear lane of 222 – 250 Reclamation Street

   Wong Tai Sin   Tai Shing Street, Tseuk Luk Street, Yin Hing Street, Foo
                  Yuen Street, Kam Wing Street, Yan Oi Street, Hong Keung
                  Street, Yi Lun Street, Shung Ling Street and Ning Yuen
                  Street

   Wong Tai Sin   Sheung Fung Street, Fei Fung Street, Ming Fung Street, Tsui
                  Fung Street, Lung Fung Street, Ngan Fung Street, Wan Fung
                  Street and Kam Fung Street

   Wong Tai Sin   Lung Chi Path, Fu Chi Path, Kwai Chi Path, Kam Chi Path
                  and Wah Chi Path

   Wong Tai Sin   Yuk Wah Street, Yuk Wah Crescent, Tsz Wah Lane, Fong
                  Wah Lane and Koon Wah Lane

New Territories

    Kwai Tsing    Rear lane of Lai Fong Street

    Kwai Tsing    Rear lane of Shing Fong Street

    Kwai Tsing    Rear lane of Kwong Fai Circuit

    Kwai Tsing    Rear lane of Tai Ha Street

    Kwai Tsing    Rear lane of Shek Yam Road

    Kwai Tsing    Chung Mei Lo Uk Village

       North      Public area in the vicinity of Shek Wu Hui Farmers' Produce
                  Retailing Point

       North      Lane between San Fung Avenue and San Fat Street

       North      Public area behind Luen Cheong Street Public Toilet

       North      Path between San Hong Street and Royal Jubilee

     Sai Kung     Lane between Siu Yat Building and Kam Po Court, King Man
                  Street

     Sai Kung     Nin Chun Street

     Sai Kung     Tong Ming Street (public pavement in front of Beverly
                  Garden)

     Sai Kung     Lane between 50-76 Po Tung Road and 2-28 Yi Chun Street




                                                      Session 18 FHB(FE)
Sai Kung    Public carpark at Chun Cheong Street

 Sha Tin    Chik Fai Street and Mei Tin Road

 Sha Tin    Tai Wai Road and lanes in the vicinity

 Sha Tin    Sha Tin Centre Street including the vicinity of Sha Tin
            Market

 Sha Tin    Yi Shing Square and Kong Pui Street

 Sha Tin    On Yuen Street and On Chun Street (Fok On Garden to
            Marbella)

 Tai Po     Four Lanes and rear lanes

 Tai Po     Kwong Fuk Road and rear lanes

 Tai Po     Kwong Fuk Square Carpark

 Tai Po     Tai Wo Public Transport Interchange

 Tai Po     Open spaces between Tai Yuen Estate and Jade Plaza
            (including On Chee Road Bus Terminus)

Tsuen Wan   Rear lane of 101-123 Chuen Lung Street and Yi Pei Square

Tsuen Wan   Rear lane of 105-139 Sha Tsui Road and Tso Kung Square

Tsuen Wan   Rear lane of 27-59 Tsuen Wan Market Street

Tsuen Wan   Rear lane of 16-64 Heung Wo Street and 19-47 Tai Pa Street

Tsuen Wan   Rear lane of 94-122 Chung On Street (Sam Pei Square)

Tsuen Wan   Rear lane of Nos.44-64 Ho Pui Street & Nos.55-77 Yeung Uk
            Road

Tsuen Wan   Rear lane of Cheong Hei Bldg., No 105-111 Hoi Pa Street

Tuen Mun    Kai Man Path

Tuen Mun    Vicinity of San Hui Market

Tuen Mun    Vicinity of Tsing Ho Square

Tuen Mun    Leung Tak Street

Tuen Mun    Tsing Yeung Circuit




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Yuen Long   Lane at rear of and aside 19-37 Fuk Ting Street between Man
            Wah Building and Kit Man House

Yuen Long   Lane at rear of Wing Light Building at 68-76 Yuen Long
            Castle Peak Road between Tai Tong Road and Yat San Street

Yuen Long   Lane at rear of Yee On Building at 51-73 Fau Tsoi Street
            between Tai Tong Road and Hop Choi Street

Yuen Long   Lane at rear of Kuen Yick Building at 138-160 Yuen Long
            On Ning Road

Yuen Long   Lane at rear of 47-79 Yuen Long On Ning Road between Sau
            Fu Street and Tung Lok Street

Yuen Long   Lane at rear of Yuen Long Trade Centre(near Fook Hong
            Street)

Yuen Long   Lane between No. 33-71, Sau Fu Street, Yuen Long (between
            Holly Building and Yuen Fat House)




                                                Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                     Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)133
                    CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                        INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  2614
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

  Question:

  (a)      Please advise on the financial provision and manpower involved or to be involved in conducting
           food surveillance by the Centre for Food Safety in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

  (b)      Please also advise on the total number of food samples collected for testing in various projects
           under the Food Surveillance Programme of 2011 (including routine food surveillance, targeted
           food surveillance projects and seasonal food surveillance projects) and the satisfactory rates.

  Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

  Reply:

  The information sought is provided as follows -

  (a)      The actual expenditure on food surveillance in 2009-10 and 2010-11 was $48.7 million and
           $51.4 million respectively. The estimated expenditure for 2011-12 and 2012-13 is $54.4 million
           and $56.1 million respectively.

           The manpower establishment of the Centre for Food Safety in carrying out the above work in
           2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 was 99, 102 and 110 respectively, and the estimated manpower
           provision for  2012-13 is 115.

  (b)      In 2011, the number of food samples tested under routine food surveillance, targeted food
           surveillance and seasonal food surveillance was 60 600, 3 000 and 1 300 respectively. The
           overall satisfactory rate is 99.7 per cent.




                                                            Signature

                                               Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                   Director of
                                                            Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                                 Date              29.2.2012

                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                         Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                            Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                     FHB(FE)134
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                                  Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental                 Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                          2615
      Hygiene Department

Programme:                (1) Food Safety and Public Health

                          (4) Public and Education and Community Involvement

Controlling Officer:      Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:       Secretary for Food and Health

  Question:

  Please provide information on the following:

  (a)      the estimated expenditure and manpower to be involved for promotional activities, inspection and
           enforcement in respect of the Nutrition Labelling Scheme in 2012-13;

  (b)      the number of enquiries received relating to the Nutrition Labelling Scheme since its
           implementation; and

  (c)      the number of inspections conducted, and the number and nature of non-compliant cases detected
           since the implementation of the Nutrition Labelling Scheme.

  Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan



  Reply:

  The information sought is provided as follows –

  (a)      All prepackaged foods in Hong Kong must comply with the general food labelling and nutrition
           labelling requirements as laid down in the Food and Drugs (Composition and Labelling)
           Regulations (Cap. 132W). In terms of general food labelling, prepackaged foods are required to
           be legibly marked or labelled with the following information in either English or Chinese
           language or in both languages, viz, (i) name of food, (ii) list of ingredients including allergen
           declaration, (iii) “best before” or “use by” date, (iv) statement of special condition for storage or
           instructions for use, (v) name and address of manufacturer or packer and (vi) count, weight or
           volume. In terms of nutrition labelling requirements, the Nutrition Labelling Scheme requires all
           prepackaged foods to label the content of energy plus seven nutrients, viz, (i) protein, (ii)
           carbohydrates, (iii) total fat, (iv) saturated fat, (v) trans fat, (vi) sodium and (vii) sugars, as well as
           any nutrient for which a nutrition claim is made, and regulates nutrition claims.

           The estimated manpower provision for inspection and enforcement of the general food labelling
           and nutrition labelling requirements in 2012-13 is 12. The expenditures and manpower on
           inspection and enforcement of nutrition labelling requirements cannot be separately identified.
           The expenditure and manpower for promoting the Nutrition Labelling Scheme in 2012-13 will be
           absorbed within the existing resources for promotion of food safety in general and cannot be
           separately identified.




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(b)   As at 17 February 2012, the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) had received 1 939 enquires related to
      the Nutrition Labelling Scheme since its commencement on 1 July 2010.

(c)   As at 17 February 2012, CFS had checked 18 921 prepackaged food products since the
      commencement of the Nutrition Labelling Scheme on 1 July 2010, with 180 found to be non-
      compliant. The overall compliance rate is 99.05%. A detailed breakdown of the 180 cases is
      as follows –



                                                                 No. of cases for the
                             Nature of non-compliance            period of 1.7.2010 -
                                                                     17.2.2012

                         No nutrition label or incomplete                68
                         1+7 core nutrients label

                         Inappropriate    nutrition      label            7
                         format

                         Inappropriate nutrient claim                    18

                         Inappropriate language                          17

                         Involved more than one type of                   9
                         irregularity

                         Discrepancy on declared nutrient                61
                         value confirmed after chemical
                         analysis

                         Total                                           180




                                                        Signature

                                         Name in block letters                 Clement LEUNG

                                                                               Director of
                                                        Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                             Date                29.2.2012




                                                                          Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                                FHB(FE)135
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                            Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                    2616
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

 Question:

 (a)      How many food production farms and food processing plants outside Hong Kong were inspected by
          the Department in 2011? What were the major regions / places for inspections?

 (b)      What are the estimated staff establishment and expenditure to be involved in the inspection of food
          production farms and food processing plants outside Hong Kong in 2012-13?



 Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

 Reply:

 The information sought is provided as follows -

 (a)   In 2011, a total of 90 registered food production farms (including farms which export live food
       animals, live aquatic products, fish, vegetables and fruits to Hong Kong) and 41 food processing
       plants in the Mainland were inspected. Another 11 farms and 10 processing plants in Mexico,
       Germany and Sweden were also inspected.

 (b)   An inspection team comprising three veterinary officers, eight field officers and one research officer is
       responsible for the inspection of food animal farms and fish farms outside Hong Kong. $7.1 million
       has been earmarked for the work in 2012-13.

       The inspection of vegetable farms and orchards outside Hong Kong is carried out by a research officer
       while an inspection team comprising five health inspectorate officers is responsible for inspecting
       food processing plants outside Hong Kong. As these officers are also tasked with other duties, the
       resources for inspection of vegetable farms, orchards and food processing plants cannot be separately
       identified.

       In 2012, we plan to inspect 50 food animal farms, 18 fish farms, 20 vegetable farms and 41 processing
       plants outside Hong Kong.


                                                          Signature

                                              Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                 Director of
                                                          Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                               Date                29.2.2012


                                                                               Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)136
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  2617
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

 Question:

 Please list, by public market and cooked food market, the improvement works and promotional activities to
 be carried out in 2012-13, and advise on the expenditure involved.

 Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

 Reply:

 In 2012-13, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department will carry out improvement works in five
 markets, namely, Hung Shui Kiu Temporary Market, On Ching Road Flower Market, Tai Wai Market,
 Tsuen King Circuit Market and Cheung Chau Market. The estimated cost of these improvement works is
 $32.08 million. The works include upgrading of fire services facilities, provision of barrier free access,
 improvement of ventilation, drainage and lighting systems, and refurbishment of toilets.

 Promotional activities to be carried out in public markets in 2012-13 include festive celebration activities,
 thematic exhibitions and workshops, display of multi-language recipes as well as publication of booklets
 and quarterly newsletters to provide updated market information. The estimated cost of these promotional
 activities is $4 million.




                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date               29.2.2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)137
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  2618
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

 Question:
 Please provide information on the following:
 (a)    the expenditure on subsidising public market management from 2009-10 to 2011-12;
 (b)    the number of vacant stalls in public markets and the vacancy rate as at 31 March 2011; the average
        and longest vacancy period; the total rental receivable (in terms of open market rental) from all
        vacant stalls last year (i.e. in 2011) as compared with the expenditure on subsidising public market
        management;
 (c)    the number of in-house staff involved in the management of public markets; and
 (d)    the number of contractors engaged, the manpower they deploy, the types of services they provide
        and the expenditure involved in the various aspects of market management.

 Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

 Reply:

 The information sought is provided as follows –

 (a)   For 2009-10 and 2010-11, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department recorded deficits of
       $213.0 million and $158.0 million respectively in market management. The deficit in market
       management for 2011-12 is estimated to be $181.2 million.

 (b)   As at 31 December 2011, 1 792 stalls out of a total of 14 452 stalls in public markets were vacant due
       to various reasons including stalls being frozen for market improvement works or pending market
       closure, or stalls being set aside for resiting purpose. The gross vacancy rate was 12.4%.
       Information on the average and longest period of vacancy of such stalls and the related rental estimate
       is not readily available.

 (c)   As at 31 December 2011, 253 in-house staff were involved in market management.

 (d)   As at 31 December 2011, a total of 15 contractors and about 1 500 contractors’ staff were engaged in
       market management, including market cleansing, pest control and security guard services. The
       estimated total expenditure involved for 2011-12 is about $183 million.



                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date               29.2.2012



                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)138
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                          Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                  2619
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

 Question:

 Please advise on the number of inspections conducted by the Department in respect of illegal sale of chilled
 meat (including sale of chilled meat and chilled poultry without permission or sale of chilled meat as fresh
 meat) in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively, as well as the number of illegal cases detected and the penalty
 imposed.



 Asked by: Hon. Wong Yung-kan

 Reply:

 Licensed food premises selling chilled meat/poultry are inspected once every four, ten and 20 weeks
 according to their risk types under the “Risk-based Inspection System” whereas stalls in public markets
 with permission to sell chilled meat/poultry are inspected once every eight weeks. In addition, there are
 inspections to follow up on complaints. Actions will be taken if any irregularities are found during such
 inspections. There are no separate statistics on inspections concerning illegal sale of chilled meat/poultry.

 In 2009, 2010 and 2011, nine, five and 18 prosecutions were taken respectively against licensed food
 premises and stalls in public markets for selling chilled meat/poultry without permission and the penalties
 imposed for each case ranged from $500 to $10,000, with an average of $3,800. As regards cases
 concerning selling chilled/frozen meat/poultry as fresh meat/poultry, there were one cancellation of licence
 of food premises and two terminations of tenancy agreement of market stall in 2009, one cancellation of
 licence of food premises in 2010 and two terminations of tenancy agreement of market stall in 2011.




                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date               29.2.2012




                                                                             Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)139
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   2620
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (3) Market Management and Hawker Control

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

 Question:

 Please provide information on the following:

 (a)      the number of warnings issued and prosecutions instituted against illegal hawking of unlicensed
          hawkers, the locations involved as well as the nature of these cases in 2011; and

 (b)      whether new measures will be put in place or additional manpower or resources be allocated to step
          up raids at unlicensed hawker blackspots.

 Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

 Reply:

 The information sought is provided as follows-

 (a)      In 2011, the number of prosecutions instituted against illegal hawking activities, including street
          obstruction, illegal hawking and sale of cooked food / restricted food, was 28 576. Further detailed
          breakdown is not readily available. There are no statistics on warnings issued.

 (b)      The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department will continue to adopt the strategies of mobile
          patrol and raiding to deter unlicensed hawking with its existing manpower resources. Hawker
          Control Team (HCT) staff regularly patrol blackspots to disrupt illegal hawking activities and to
          prevent unlicensed hawkers from taking root at these locations. If these hawkers persist in trading
          and do not disperse, arrest action would follow. HCT staff also mount raiding operations at
          blackspots to arrest unlicensed hawkers and seize their goods and equipment to increase the deterrent
          effect.




                                                          Signature

                                               Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                 Director of
                                                          Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                               Date                1.3.2012



                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                      Reply Serial No.
                                                                                              FHB(FE)140
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   2621
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (1) Food Safety and Public Health

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

 Question:

 Under this programme, it is mentioned the number of food complaints handled by the Department in 2011
 was 4 265, which was higher than the corresponding figure of 3 737 in 2010. Please advise on the
 following:

 (a)      the type and nature of food complaints handled in the past three years (i.e. in 2009, 2010 and 2011),
          as well as the examination results and outcomes of these complaints;

 (b)      whether the Department has assessed the reason(s) for the significant increase in the number of food
          complaints; and

 (c)      in view of the rising number of food complaints, whether additional manpower and resources will be
          deployed or special measures be taken to handle the complaints.

 Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

 Reply:

 The information sought is provided as follows -

 (a)      The number of food complaints handled by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department from
          2009 to 2011 with breakdown by nature and follow up actions is provided in the following table -

       Nature of Complaints                              2009              2010                2011
       Unwholesome food                                  2 115             2 059               2152
       Foreign substances in food                        1 127             1 018               1 017
       Chemicals in food                                  558               393                 647
       Labelling issues                                   227               176                 208
       Fake/counterfeit food                              160                53                 167
       Others                                              40                38                  74
       Total number of cases                             4 227             3 737               4 265
       Number of warnings issued                         1 027              809                 774
       Number of prosecutions taken out                   177               122                 132

 (b)      The increase in the number of food complaints in 2011 from 2010 was attributed to the occurrence of
          a number of food incidents in 2011, including the contamination of German eggs by dioxin in
          January; radiation contamination of imported food from Japan due to the Fukushima Nuclear Plant
          incident in March; plasticiser contamination in Taiwanese food in May and reports of faked
          egg/faked beef in January/May.

 (c)      As the estimated number of food complaints in 2012 is similar to the number of food complaints in
          2011, the manpower and resources provided for handling food complaints will remain the same.


                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
           Signature

Name in block letters          Clement LEUNG

                                  Director of
           Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                Date              29.2.2012




                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                       Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)141
                     CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                         INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental              Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   2622
      Hygiene Department

Programme:               (1) Food Safety and Public Health

                         (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:     Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:      Secretary for Food and Health

 Question:

 (a)      Regarding the inspections conducted to food premises by the Department in the past three years (i.e.
          in 2009, 2010 and 2011), please advise on the number and nature of cases of irregularities found, the
          types of premises involved, as well as the number of warnings issued and prosecutions instituted.

 (b)      Regarding the food poisoning incidents happened in Hong Kong in the past three years, please
          advise on the number, nature and causes of these incidents, the seasons when they took place, the
          conditions of the affected persons and the pertinence to food premises and the food business (i.e.
          food poisoning arising from dining out or home cooking).

 Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

 Reply:

 The information sought is provided as follows –

 (a) All licensed food premises are subject to regular inspection. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, the number of
     prosecutions instituted against licensed food premises was 4 295, 4 117 and 4 207 respectively, and the
     breakdown by nature of irregularities is at Annex. There are no separate statistics on the types of
     premises involved and the number of warnings issued.

 (b) The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department received 343, 279 and 290 referrals of food
     poisoning outbreaks related to food premises and vendors from the Department of Health in 2009, 2010
     and 2011 respectively. More referrals were received from July to September and bacteria was the
     most common causative agent. Improper food handling and inadequate cooking were commonly
     identified at investigation and most affected persons had mild gastrointestinal symptoms.




                                                          Signature

                                               Name in block letters           Clement LEUNG

                                                                                 Director of
                                                          Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                               Date                1.3.2012


                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                                              Annex

                Breakdown of Prosecutions instituted against Licensed Food Premises

                                        in 2009, 2010 and 2011



                                                                             No. of Prosecutions
                         Nature of Irregularities
                                                                             2009     2010     2011

Dirty food premises / presence of vermins                                      28       15         14

Dirty equipment and utensils                                                   13        9         17

Food not protected from risk of contamination                                   4        6          5

Sub-standard fish tank water                                                    3        3          4

Improper storage of open food                                                 212      180     179

Use of open space for scullery / food preparation / storage of food           144      134     132
utensils

Dirty food room / improper repair of food room                                 88       64         66

Dirty toilet                                                                    2        1          2

Alteration of premises or fittings                                             31       15         16

Alteration to the approved layout of the premises                             146      148     145

Sale of restricted food without permission                                     21        7         27

Operating other types of unlicensed food business                             105      115         46

Extension of food business beyond licensed area                               795      783    1 058

Obstruction of public places                                                2 655    2 622    2 473

Other irregularities such as smoking in food room, sale of fresh and           48       15         23
frozen meat at the same premises, sale of unfit food for human
consumption, sale of food which was not of the substance or quality
demanded by the consumer, fresh meat containing preservative, food
containing non-permitted colouring matter, etc.

                                                                 Total      4 295    4 117    4 207




                                                                         Session 18 FHB(FE)
                       Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                        Reply Serial No.
                                                                                               FHB(FE)142
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                           Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental             Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                                   2623
      Hygiene Department

Programme:             (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:   Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:    Secretary for Food and Health

 Question:

 Under this programme, it is stated that the Department will take forward plans and projects to provide more
 crematorium and columbarium facilities in 2012-13. Please give a brief description of the specific plans
 and projects to be taken forward, as well as the manpower and expenditure involved.

 Asked by: Hon. WONG Yung-kan

 Reply:
 On public crematorium facilities, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (the Department) is
 upgrading the cremators by phases to increase their handling capacity. The Wo Hop Shek Crematorium is
 being reprovisioned at an estimated cost of $686.3 million for constructing six cremators and other ancillary
 facilities. The project is scheduled for completion in mid 2012. The reprovisioning of the Cape
 Collinson Crematorium to provide for ten new cremators and other ancillary facilities, at an estimated cost
 of $696.3 million, is also underway for completion in two phases in mid 2012 and late 2014 respectively.
 With the completion of these two reprovisioning projects, the number of scheduled cremation sessions per
 annum will be increased by 31.3% from 40 200 in 2011 to 52 800.

 On public columbarium facilities, the construction of a new public columbarium with 43 710 niches and a
 Garden of Remembrance in the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery, at an estimated cost of $629.5 million, is
 underway for completion in mid 2012. The Department is also constructing 1 540 new niches in the
 Diamond Hill Columbarium at an estimated cost of $0.76 million, and will construct 990 new niches in the
 Cheung Chau Cemetery at an estimated cost of $10.76 million in 2013. The construction works in
 Diamond Hill Columbarium will be completed in early 2012 whereas the construction works in Cheung
 Chau Cemetery will be completed in late 2013. To increase the supply of public niches, the
 Administration has been promoting the district-based columbarium development scheme and has identified
 24 potential sites in 18 districts in Hong Kong for columbarium development. The above-mentioned sites
 in the Diamond Hill Columbarium and Cheung Chau Cemetery are two of the 24 potential sites. The
 Administration is conducting feasibility studies on the remaining sites and will consult the relevant District
 Councils before the sites are confirmed for development. There is no separate breakdown of the
 manpower involved in taking forward plans and projects to provide more crematorium and columbarium
 facilities.



                                                         Signature

                                             Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                                Director of
                                                         Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                              Date                 1.3.2012


                                                                              Session 18 FHB(FE)
                                                                         Reply Serial No.

          Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13
                                                                          FHB(FE)143
             CONTROLLING OFFICER'S REPLY TO

                INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION                                Question Serial No.

                                                                               1993

Head :    703 – Buildings              Subhead : 3049FS Extension of Man Kam To food
                                                        inspection facilities

Programme :


Controlling Officer : Director of Architectural Services


Director of Bureau :   Secretary for Food and Health


Question :     According to the Administration, the approved estimate for the extension of
               Man Kam To food inspection facilities is $176.1 million and the actual
               expenditure as at 31 March 2011 is $28.697 million. Yet the estimated
               expenditure for 2012-13 is only $42 million. What is the timetable for
               drawing down the remaining provision of $25 million or so? How can the
               works be expedited?


Asked by :     Hon. LAU Sau-shing, Patrick


Reply :        The construction of the Extension of Man Kam To food inspection facilities
               was commenced in July 2010 and is scheduled to complete in December 2012.
               The approved project estimate is $176.1 million and the actual expenditure as
               at 31 March 2011 was $28.697 million. The estimated expenditure for 2011-
               12 is $80 million. The estimate of $42 million for 2012-13 is mainly for the
               construction of the steel roof and finishing works. The remaining estimated
               expenditure of $25.403 million will be incurred in 2013-14 and beyond for the
               procurement of furniture and equipment, and settlement of final account. We
               will closely monitor the project progress and ensure the works are completed
               on time.

                                  Signature :


                       Name in block letters :              K K LEUNG


                                  Post Title :   Director of Architectural Services


                                      Date :               22 February 2012



                                                                   Session 18 FHB(FE)
                        Examination of Estimates of Expenditure 2012-13                  Reply Serial No.
                                                                                            FHB(FE)144
                   CONTROLLING OFFICER’S REPLY TO
                       INITIAL WRITTEN QUESTION
                                                                                        Question Serial No.
Head: 49 Food and Environmental            Subhead (No. & title):
                                                                                               3508
      Hygiene Department

Programme:              (2) Environmental Hygiene and Related Services

Controlling Officer:    Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Director of Bureau:     Secretary for Food and Health

 Question:

 Please advise on the number of public columbaria as well as the supply and availability of and demand for
 niches in various District Council districts.

 Asked by: Hon. CHAN Tanya

 Reply:

 The information sought is provided as follows –

                                                            No. of niches       No. of        No. of applicants on
                         Name of          Total no. of
      District                                                   for          unallocated     the waiting list for
                        Columbaria          niches
                                                            re-allocation       niches        re-allocated niches

  Eastern              Cape Collinson        61 615                 19             -                  3 425

  Wong Tai Sin         Diamond Hill          61 811                 18             -                  7 823

  North                Wo Hop Shek           22 290                 12             -                  2 226

  Sha Tin              Fu Shan               9 625                  6              -                  773

  Kwai Tsing           Kwai Chung            9 276                  10             -                  3 039

                       Cheung Chau           2 335                  3             172                    -

  Islands              Lamma                  490                   5             424                    -

                       Peng Chau              490                   2             194                    -

                           Total:           167 932                 75            790



 Besides, the construction of a new public columbarium with 43 710 niches and a Garden of Remembrance
 in the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery is underway for completion in mid 2012. To increase the supply of public
 niches, the Administration has been promoting the district-based columbarium development scheme and
 has identified 24 potential sites in 18 districts in Hong Kong for columbarium development. The Food


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and Environmental Hygiene Department will complete 1 540 new niches in the Diamond Hill Columbarium
in early 2012, and 990 new niches in the Cheung Chau Cemetery in late 2013. The Administration is
conducting feasibility studies on the remaining sites and will consult the relevant District Councils before
the sites are confirmed for development.




                                                       Signature

                                           Name in block letters            Clement LEUNG

                                                                              Director of
                                                       Post Title   Food and Environmental Hygiene

                                                            Date                1.3.2012




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